Mary Jo’s Background


Jan 2013 - Present

Ramsey County Commissioner,
District 2

  • Chair, County Board
  • Vice Chair, Legislative Committee
2019 - 2020

Chair, NACo Healthy Counties Advisory Board

DEC. 2019

Elected 2nd VP of Association of Minnesota Counties


Feb. 2010 - Dec. 2012

Minnesota State Senator, District 66

  • Established working relationships with community leaders and stakeholders to develop, negotiate, and pass legislation
Jun. 2006 - 2010

State Coordinator, Project Citizen

  • Directed state-wide program with mission to educate teachers and advance curriculum designed to motivate and enable young people to learn the rights and accept the responsibilities of being citizens
  • Trained civics and government teachers
  • Spoke/Presented on importance of civic education


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Associate Director, Learning Law and Democracy Foundation


Recieved Hamline University School of Law Distinguished Alumna Award

  • For commitment to ethical leadership and service

Recieved Child Care Chamption Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Child Care Works
2000 - Present

Adjunct Professor, St. Catherine University

  • Masters in Organization Leadership and Political Science Departments
  • Classes taught: Ethics and Leadership, Leadership in the Public Forum

Graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

  • Master of Arts in Public Administration
1995 - 1998

Bush Leadership Fellow

Jan. 1989 - Dec. 2003

Minnesota State Representative, District 54A

  • Assistant Majority Leader, 1993-94
  • Caucus Steering Committee member, 1993-2002

Graduated Hamline Universtiy School of Law

  • Juris Doctor

Graduated from The College of St. Catherine

  • Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration
  • Concentration: Management