Know Key Legislators

You can influence education finance and policy. Start with understanding which legislators have the most power to impact our schools.

The most influential decision-makers include:

  • The Governor, Senate Majority Leader, and the Speaker of the House make the final decisions, relying on input from their committee chairs.
  • Committee chairs in the majority party determine what bills are heard and what provisions appear in the bills leaving their committee.
  • Committee members work closely with the committee chairs.

The education committees in the House and Senate set education finance and policy. The tax committee is involved when making school levies more affordable through equalization. Equalization is property tax relief for local taxpayers and is not funding that goes to schools. Funding for equalization should come from the tax committees.

Education and Tax Committees

Senate Education Finance and Policy Committees
Education Finance Chair: Sen Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton)
Education Policy Chair: Sen Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie)
Download the contact information for committee members (PDF)

Senate Taxes Committee
Chair: Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope)
Download the contact information for committee members (PDF)

Senate Committee Schedule
Shows location, days of the week, and time reserved for each committee meeting. The committee chair determines when to hold committee meetings within this time frame.

House Education Finance Committee
Chair: Rep Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins)
Download the contact information for committee members (PDF)

House Education Policy Committee
Chair: Rep Laurie Pryor (DFL-Minnetonka)
Download the contact information for committee members (PDF)

House Property Taxes Committee
Chair: Rep Dave Lislegard (DFL-Aurora)
Download the contact information for committee members (PDF)

House Committee Schedule
Shows location, days of the week, and time reserved for each committee meeting. The committee chair determines when to hold committee meetings within this time frame.

State Leaders

Contact our legislative leaders individually or all at once.

Governor
Tim Walz (DFL)
Contact Information

Senate Majority Leader
Sen Kari Dziedzic
(DFL-Minneapolis)
651-296-7809
Email

Speaker of the House
Rep. Melissa Hortman
(DFL-Brooklyn Park)
651-296-4280
Email

Senate Minority Leader
Sen. Mark Johnson
(R-East Grand Forks)
651-296-5782
Email

House Minority Leader
Rep. Lisa Demuth
(R-Cold Spring)
651-296-9115
Email

House Majority Leader
Rep. Jamie Long
(DFL-St. Paul)
651-296-5375
Email

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