Melissa Hortman (born May 27, 1970) is an American politician and the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 36B, which includes portions of Anoka and Hennepin counties in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Prior to the 2018 elections, she served as Minority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
|61st Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
January 8, 2019
|Preceded by||Kurt Daudt|
|Minority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
January 3, 2017 – January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Paul Thissen|
|Succeeded by||Kurt Daudt|
|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
from the 36B district
|Assumed office |
January 4, 2005
|Preceded by||Stephanie Olsen|
|Born||May 27, 1970|
Fridley, Minnesota, U.S.
|Education||Boston University (BA)|
University of Minnesota (JD)
Hortman graduated from Blaine High School in Blaine, Minnesota in 1988. She earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston University, graduating magna cum laude in 1991, earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, in 1995, and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2018.
Minnesota House of RepresentativesEdit
Hortman won her first term by narrowly defeating Republican incumbent Stephanie Olsen in the 2004 general election by 402 votes out of over 20,000 cast. She had previously lost to Olsen in the 2002 election. She has been re-elected every two years since then.
In her first term, Hortman was an outspoken advocate for the Northstar Commuter Rail line, which runs through her district. She also supported a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins. She has been an advocate of environmental issues and in the effort to bring the 2020 Summer Olympics to Minnesota. She is adamantly pro-choice, supports gun control policies, and opposes voter identification initiatives. In 2008, Hortman managed the DFL floor operation during a successful attempt to override then-Governor Tim Pawlenty's veto of a gas tax increase. She was chair of the House Energy Policy Committee during the 2013-14 biennium, and was the chief author of the state's solar energy standard and community solar laws.
After the 2006 election, Hortman was chosen by her peers to serve as one of eight assistant majority leaders in the House. She was again chosen to serve in this capacity after the 2008 elections. She has also served as speaker pro tempore for many of the House sessions. She served as a minority whip during the 2011-2012 legislative session. She was elected by her caucus to be minority leader following the 2016 election. After her caucus gained enough seats in 2018 to retake the majority, they designated her Speaker.
|Democratic–Farmer–Labor||Melissa Hortman (incumbent)||8,278||51.30||−3.44pp|
|Democratic–Farmer–Labor||Melissa Hortman (incumbent)||12,382||54.74||−1.12pp|
|Democratic–Farmer–Labor||Melissa Hortman (incumbent)||9,269||55.86||+4.96pp|
|Republican||Stephanie Olsen (incumbent)||10,444||49.01||−2.66pp|
Honors and accoladesEdit
- "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Hortman, Melissa". Leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- "After engineering the DFL suburban wave, Melissa Hortman sets sights on 2019 legislative session". Twin Cities. 2018-12-29. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- Bierschbach, Briana. "Hortman brings experience, quiet irreverence to speaker's chair". www.mprnews.org. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
- "HF 729 Status in the House for the 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014)". www.revisor.mn.gov. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
- "HF 956 Status in the House for the 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014)". www.revisor.mn.gov. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
- Bakst, Brian (November 9, 2018). "New House DFL leaders hail from suburbs". Minnesota Public Radio.
- "State Representative District: 47B". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
- "All Races by Legislative District - Representative District: 47B". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on December 17, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
- "State Representative District 47B". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 3, 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "Results for State Representative District 47B". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
- "News and Views from Melissa Hortman (DFL) 47B - Minnesota House of Representatives". House.leg.state.mn.us. 2005-10-07. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- "Conservation Minnesota Voter Center || Legislative News". Mnweathercenter.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- Melissa Hortman at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Official House of Representatives website
- Official campaign website
|Minnesota House of Representatives|
| Minority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives
| Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives