Steve Simon

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Steve Simon
Steve Simon 2007.jpg
22nd Secretary of State of Minnesota
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Governor Mark Dayton
Preceded by Mark Ritchie
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 46B district
44A (2005–2013)
In office
January 4, 2005 – January 6, 2015
Preceded by Jim Rhodes
Succeeded by Cheryl Youakim
Personal details
Born (1969-12-12) December 12, 1969 (age 45)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Leia Christoffer
Children 2
Alma mater Tufts University
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Religion Judaism

Steve Simon (born December 12, 1969) is a Minnesota politician. He is the 22nd and current Minnesota Secretary of State. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he previously represented District 46B in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Simon graduated from Hopkins High School in Hopkins, then went on to Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, receiving his B.A. in Political Science in 1992. He earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1996. He worked as an assistant attorney general for Minnesota attorneys general Hubert H. Humphrey III and Mike Hatch from 1996–2001, and has been an associate with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi since 2001.[1][2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Simon was first elected in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.

On Monday, May 2, 2011, Simon testified regarding and opposed a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota. His comments drew national attention: "How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?"[3]

2014 Minnesota Secretary of State campaign[edit]

On August 6, 2013, Simon announced his candidacy in the 2014 Minnesota Secretary of State election.[4] He narrowly defeated Republican Dan Severson for the office.

Personal life[edit]

Steve Simon is married to Leia Christoffer Simon, and they have two children together. Active in his local community, Simon is a member of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, the local League of Women Voters, the St. Louis Park Community Education Advisory Council, and the Lenox Foundation, which raises funds for the St. Louis Park Senior Program. He is a member of Temple Israel, serves on the board of the Minnesota Chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and is an attorney.[1][2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Simon, Steve". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Representative Steve Simon's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Goodwin, Liz (May 4, 2011). "Minnesota lawmaker’s gay marriage defense goes viral". Yahoo! News. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Scheck, Tom (August 6, 2013). "Democrat Simon says he’s running for secretary of state". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "About Steve Simon". Citizens for Simon. Archived from the original on December 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 

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Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Rhodes
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 46B district
44A: 2005–2013

2005–2015
Succeeded by
Cheryl Youakim
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Ritchie
Secretary of State of Minnesota
2015–present
Incumbent