Scott Dibble (politician)

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Scott Dibble
Dibble in 2011
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 61st district
60th (2003–2013)
Assumed office
January 7, 2003
Preceded by redrawn district
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 60B district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 6, 2003
Preceded by Myron Orfield
Succeeded by district redrawn
Personal details
Born (1965-08-27) August 27, 1965 (age 52)
New York City, New York
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Richard Leyva (m. 2008)
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma mater University of St. Thomas
University of Minnesota
Occupation legislator

David Scott Dibble (born August 27, 1965) is an activist, Minnesota politician, and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 61, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.[1]


Dibble attended both the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul.[2]

Early Activism[edit]

Dibble first became involved in politics in the mid-1980's working on issues concerning the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) communities including advocacy for those with HIV/AIDS. Dibble was an activist and organizer for It's Time, Minnesota, a statewide LGBT rights organization that helped pass the 1993 Minnesota Human Rights Act.[3] His involvement led to organizing on issues of social and economic justice—especially in the areas of neighborhood livability, transportation, housing, energy and the environment.

He later worked as an aide to Minneapolis City Council Member Doré Mead for about 6 years. In 2000, Dibble ran for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, becoming the third openly gay legislator to serve in the Minnesota Legislature.

Minnesota Legislature[edit]

Prior to his election to the Senate, Dibble served one term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 60B.[2][4] Dibble was first elected to the Senate in November 2002 and re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2016. Dibble played a pivotal role in the override of Governor Tim Pawlenty's veto of a transportation improvement bill that would allow the Twin Cities to build a modern transit system.


Marriage Equality[edit]

Following his leadership in the campaign against the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota, he alongside House Representative Karen Clark and several other colleagues in the legislature, proposed an amendment during the 2013 legislative session in the state of Minnesota to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill passed and same-sex marriage took effect on August 1, 2013.[5]

The Environment[edit]

Dibble has helped position Minnesota as a leader among the states that are working to solve critical clean air, global warming, and economic challenges. Senator Dibble has served as chief author or as a lead negotiator on groundbreaking energy efficiency standards, implementation of a nation-leading renewable energy standard, establishment of a carbon dioxide reduction mandate, instituting the nation's most stringent mercury emission reduction requirements for coal-fired energy, the first legislation in the country on hybrid plug in electric cars, programs to aid the construction of green buildings and to assist local governments in building more energy efficient facilities. Senator Dibble helped author and served on the state's Green Jobs Task Force charged with developing a comprehensive economic development policy charged with shaping Minnesota's participation in the Green Economy for generations to come.

Medical Cannabis[edit]

In 2014, Dibble was the chief author of a bill that allowed limited use of medical cannabis for patients who have debilitating or terminal illnesses.[6] Dibble has also worked to legalize cannabis for recreational use.


Senator Dibble continues to be the DFL leader in the Minnesota Senate on legislation relating to transportation and transit, energy efficiency, the environment, housing and economic development.

Personal life[edit]

Dibble is openly gay. His husband is Richard Leyva. They married in California before the passage of Proposition 8. He is one of three gay members of the Minnesota Legislature, along with Representatives Karen Clark and Susan Allen, also DFL members from Minneapolis.[7] His campaigns have won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.[citation needed]

Scott (1443) near the finish of a Minneapolis 10k race in 2016

Dibble is a runner and has completed several marathons.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Senator D. Scott Dibble DFL District 60". 1965-08-27. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Dibble, D. Scott". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ Preston, Joshua. "Allan Spear and the Minnesota Human Rights Act." Minnesota History 65 (2016): 76-87.
  4. ^ "Election Reporting". 2010-11-02. Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  5. ^ "WATCH: Minnesota Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill". ThinkProgress. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Stars of the 2014 Minnesota legislative session: Dibble, Melin, Schoen, Winkler". Minnpost. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  7. ^ "GLLI: Out Officials". Archived from the original on 2007-07-08. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
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