Legislative Experience

In 2010, I was elected to the Minnesota Legislature, serving in the seat formerly held by Speakers Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Dee Long. While redistricting shortened my time in the House, I developed a reputation as a progressive advocate and bridge builder, focusing on early childhood education and health care.

Some highlights:

  • Significant budget work on the State Government Finance committee

  • Chief author of legislation to fully fund all-day kindergarten for Minnesota’s children

  • Co-author of legislation to establish the MN Health Exchange, now MNSure

  • Selected by leadership to be part of the bipartisan bicameral MN Legislative Leadership Institute on Child Development Research and Policy

  • Built a bipartisan coalition to strengthen domestic abuse law

  • Proposed innovative financing for childcare businesses which meet quality standards

  • Served on the Legacy Fund committee, supporting the arts, parks and the great outdoors


Health Policy Wonk

For the last ten years, give or take, I’ve been a health care policy analyst for St. Jude Medical and other companies, with a focus on Medicare and payment systems.

I came to the Twin Cities to work in marketing for the Pillsbury Company and General Mills. Attracted by marketing life-saving technology, I moved to Guidant and Boston Scientific.


I have an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Swarthmore College.