Sandy Pappas

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Sandy Pappas
Sandy Pappas, September 2011 (cropped).PNG
11th President of the Minnesota Senate
In office
January 8, 2013 – January 2, 2017
Preceded byMichelle Fischbach
Succeeded byMichelle Fischbach
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 65th district
Assumed office
January 8, 1991
Preceded byDonald Moe
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 65B district
In office
January 8, 1985 – January 7, 1991
Preceded byFrank Rodriguez
Succeeded byCarlos Mariani
Personal details
Born (1949-06-15) June 15, 1949 (age 69)
Hibbing, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyMinnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s)Neal Gosman
Alma materMetropolitan State University
Harvard University

Sandra L. "Sandy" Pappas (born June 15, 1949) is a Minnesota politician and former President of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 65, which includes portions of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Early life and education[edit]

Pappas was born in Hibbing, Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota and later attended Metropolitan State University, from which she earned a B.A. in public policy in 1986. She later attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, earning an MPA.[1]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Pappas was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 65B from 1985 to 1991.[1]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

Pappas was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1990 and has been re-elected in every subsequent election since then. She has served on the Capital Investment, Commerce, Finance, Rules and Administration, and State and Local Government committees. She was chair of the Higher Education Committee from 2007 to 2011 and chair of the Education Committee from 2001 to 2003. She served as president pro tempore from 2003 to 2007.[1]

After the DFL regained a majority in the 2012 election, Pappas was elected by her caucus to serve as President of the Minnesota Senate, starting in January 2013.[2]

1997 Saint Paul mayoral campaign[edit]

Pappas ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Saint Paul against incumbent Norm Coleman in 1997.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Pappas is married to Neal Gosman. They have three daughters and 26 grandchildren.


  1. ^ a b c d "Pappas, Sandra L. "Sandy"". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  2. ^ Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. (November 8, 2012). "Bakk, Thissen to lead DFL at the State Capitol". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 1, 2013.

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Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank Rodriguez
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 65B district

Succeeded by
Carlos Mariani
Minnesota Senate
Preceded by
Donald Moe
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 65th district

Preceded by
Michelle Fischbach
President of the Minnesota Senate
Succeeded by
Michelle Fischbach