Jeff Hayden

Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Hayden (born September 24, 1966) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 62, which includes portions of south Minneapolis in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Jeff Hayden
Senator Jeff Hayden Equal Pay Day 2016 (cropped).jpg
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 62nd district
61st (2011–2013)
Assumed office
October 25, 2011
Preceded byLinda Berglin
Succeeded byOmar Fateh (elect) [1]
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 61B district
In office
January 6, 2009 – October 25, 2011
Preceded byNeva Walker
Succeeded bySusan Allen
Personal details
Born (1966-09-24) September 24, 1966 (age 54)
San Francisco, California
Political partyMinnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
ResidenceMinneapolis, Minnesota
Alma materBethel University
Metropolitan State University
OccupationNon-profit manager, community organizer, legislator

Early life, education, and careerEdit

Hayden was born in San Francisco.[2] He worked as a staff aide to Minneapolis City Council member Gary Schiff from 2001-2002. He later attended Bethel University, obtaining a B.A. in communication studies.[3]

Minnesota House of RepresentativesEdit

Hayden was first elected in 2008, opting to run after incumbent Rep. Neva Walker decided not to seek re-election. He was re-elected in 2010.[4]

Minnesota SenateEdit

On July 25, 2011, Hayden announced that he would run in the October 18, 2011, special election[5] to fill the state senate seat that was vacated by Senator Linda Berglin, who resigned on August 15, 2011, to take a new job with Hennepin County as a health policy program manager.[6] His candidacy was endorsed by the DFL Party on August 27, 2011. On October 18, 2011, he won the special election with 61 percent of the vote over Green Party candidate Farheen Hakeem, Republican candidate Bruce Lundeen, and Independence Party candidate Matt Brillhart.[7] He was re-elected in 2012.

Community involvementEdit

Hayden is a non-profit manager for Hearth Connection, which provides affordable housing advocacy.[3] He is a founding member of the City of Lakes Community Land Trust.[8] He also served on the board of directors of the Bryant Neighborhood Association and of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, and as board member of Community Action of Minneapolis.[9][10]


In October of 2015, a court-sanctioned investigation found Hayden, and his wife Theresa received at least $3,486 in improper reimbursements from a now-defunct nonprofit organization, Community Action of Minneapolis.[9] On August 11, 2020, Mr. Hayden lost the DFL primary to Omar Fateh, a progressive candidate.


  1. ^ "Omar Fateh". Ballotpedia. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minnesota) biography". History Matters. Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Hayden, Jeff". Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2010-11-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Dayton calls Special Elections for open MN Senate seats". Retrieved 2011-07-27.
  6. ^ "State Rep. Jeff Hayden to run for Berglin's Senate seat". Archived from the original on 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2011-07-27.
  7. ^ "Special Elections Results Thread".
  8. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Jeff Hayden - Biography". Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  9. ^ a b Gilbert, Curtis (Oct 8, 2015). "Report: Nonprofit board members benefited from improper spending". MPR News. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  10. ^ Bakst, Brian (October 8, 2015). "Court document: Minnesota state Sen. Hayden owes for questionable expenses billed to nonprofit". StarTribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Archived from the original on October 13, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-08.

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