House 1981-82 (District 59A); House 1983-92 (District 60A); House 1993-2012 (District 61A); House 2013-Present (District 62A)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Edgerton Public High School; Secondary; 1963College of St. Teresa, Winona; B.S.; Nursing, Training as a Nurse Practitioner in OB/GYNHarvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; M.P.A.; Public Administration
Single (when first elected); Jacquelyn Zita (around 1989)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
She was the first openly homosexual person to run and be elected to the Minnesota Legislature, without previously having held a seat in it. She was the first openly lesbian member to serve in the Minnesota Legislature. She is also the longest serving openly lesbian member to serve in a state legislature in the United States. Allan Spear was the first openly homosexual member of the Minnesota Legislature.She grew up on a sharecropping farm in Rock County, Minnesota.Her mother was Mayor of a small town.Religion provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council's State Directories 2005.
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