Joan Ruth Anderson Growe (born September 28, 1935) is a former Secretary of State of Minnesota, serving from 1975 to 1999. Known for her work to encourage voter participation, her tenure was one of the longest of any secretary of state in Minnesota's history. In 1984, she unsuccessfully challenged Republican U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz, losing the election with 41% of the vote.
|19th Secretary of State of Minnesota|
January 6, 1975 – January 4, 1999
|Preceded by||Arlen Erdahl|
|Succeeded by||Mary Kiffmeyer|
|Born||September 28, 1935|
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||James Kerr (Divorced)|
Glen Growe (1965–present)
|Education||St. Cloud State University (BA)|
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MA)
Growe was raised in Buffalo, Minnesota and graduated from Buffalo High School and St. Cloud State University. On August 18, 1956, she married James E. Kerr in Buffalo. That marriage ended in divorce. On June 16, 1965, she married Glen Harry Growe in Anoka County, Minnesota.
Before running for secretary of state, Growe was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974, representing the old District 40A, which included portions of Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metro area. While in the House, she served on the Crime Prevention and Corrections, the Education, the Judiciary, and the Metropolitan and Urban Affairs committees.
As a state legislator, Growe supported the Minnesota same-day voter registration law (the first in the country) and later, as Secretary of State, she worked to implement it. Since then, Minnesota has consistently had the highest voter turnout in the United States.
Growe is widely recognized as an expert on voting and elections, and has been selected to serve as an official election observer in various foreign elections. She is also on the advisory committee for the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Files documenting the activities of Joan Anderson Growe as Minnesota Secretary of State are available for research use. They include general and chronological correspondence, telephone logs, appearances, subject files, voter education and elections files, and State Board of Investment files.
- "Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State : List of MN Secretaries of State Since 1858". Sos.state.mn.us. January 6, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- "bobmeek: June 16, 2009 Joan Growe Endorsement Reunion". Bobmeek.blogspot.com. May 30, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- "Joan Growe: An Inventory of Her Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society," http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00043.xml
- "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present – Legislator Record – Growe, Joan R". Leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- "Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State : Elections & Voting". Sos.state.mn.us. February 7, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
-  Archived December 22, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
- JOHN EWOLDT, Star Tribune (May 17, 2008). "At home with Joan Growe: Electing to relax". StarTribune.com. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- Joan Growe Files
- Growe's Secretary of State Web Site at the Wayback Machine (archived November 11, 1998)
- "At home with Joan Growe: Electing to relax" Star-Tribune May 17, 2008
- Minnesota Public Radio: Joan Growe – Trailblazing woman in Minnesota politics
- Joan Growe at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
| Secretary of State of Minnesota
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Minnesota