House 2001-2002 (District 60B); Senate 2003-2012 (District 60); Senate 2013-Present (District 61)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Apple Valley High School; Secondary; GraduateUniversity of St. Thomas; German and Political Science, Mid-1980sUniversity of Minnesota; German and Political Science
David Maier (when first elected); Richard Leyva (first listed in 2005, married in California in August 2008)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
He was the first openly homosexual man to run and be elected to the Minnesota Legislature, without previously having held a seat in it. Allan Spear was the first openly homosexual member of the Minnesota Legislature.One of his parents was a member of the United States Air Force. So his family moved around alot. Before he moved to Minnesota when he was 13 years old, he lived in Bermuda, Italy, Portugal, Alabama, and Texas.
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