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Wynia, Ann


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Saint Paul, MN

House 1977-82 (District 62A); House 1983-89 (District 63B)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 7/29/1943 Date of Death: 
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas Birth County:  Birth Country: United States
Other Names: Former Name: Jobe
Gender:  Female Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  Saint Paul

Occupation (when first elected):  Political Science Teacher, North Hennepin Community College

EDUCATION

Arlington High School, Texas; Secondary;
University of Texas, Arlington; B.A.; Government
University of Wisconsin; M.A.; Political Science, 1968

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota Council on the Economic Status of Women ??/??/19?? to ??/??/19??
State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota Governor's Task Force on the Family ??/??/19?? to ??/??/19??
State AgencyMinnesota Department of Human Services (Commissioner, Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich)Appointed09/01/1989 to 01/??/1991
Board of RegentsUniversity of Minnesota, 4th DistrictElected04/??/1991 to 04/??/1994
State Board/Commission/CouncilNorth Hennepin Community College, Minnesota (President) ??/??/1997 to ??/??/20??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Gary Wynia (he died on September 2, 2007)
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

She ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsed candidate for the United States Senate in 1994. She lost the election to Rod Grams.

Total Days Served: 4624

SESSIONS SERVED

Legislative Session: 76th (1989-1990)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/8/1988 Term of Office: 1/3/1989 to 9/1/1989 (unfinished term)
District: 63B Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Community College Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Insurance
Rules and Legislative Administration (Chair)
Rules and Legislative Administration Subcommittee: Rules (Chair)
Taxes
Taxes Subcommittee: Property Tax
Ways and Means
Leadership Position: Majority Leader
Leadership Notes: She resigned her position as Majority Leader and Dee Long was elected to take her place.
Reason for unfinished term: Appointed to other office
Session Notes: She was appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich to the position of Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Legislative Session: 75th (1987-1988)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/4/1986 Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/2/1989
District: 63B Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: College Instructor, Political Science; North Hennepin Community College
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: Health and Human Services Division (Chair)
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Financial Institutions and Insurance Subcommittee: Financial Institutions
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Social Services
Ways and Means
Leadership Position: Majority Leader
Leadership Notes: She became Majority Leader in June 1987 after Robert Vanasek became Speaker of the House.

Legislative Session: 74th (1985-1986)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/6/1984 Term of Office: 1/8/1985 to 1/5/1987
District: 63B Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Community College Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: Education Division
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Rules and Legislative Administration
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

Legislative Session: 73rd (1983-1984)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/2/1982 Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/7/1985
District: 63B Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: College Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: Health, Welfare, and Corrections Division (Chair)
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Financial Institutions and Insurance Subcommittee: Insurance
Rules and Legislative Administration
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader

Legislative Session: 72nd (1981-1982)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/4/1980 Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
District: 62A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: College Instructor, Political Science, North Hennepin Community College
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: Health, Welfare and Corrections Division
Energy
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Financial Institutions and Insurance Subcommittee: Insurance (Chair)
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Law Reform

Legislative Session: 71st (1979-1980)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/7/1978 Term of Office: 1/3/1979 to 1/5/1981
District: 62A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: College Instructor, Political Science, North Hennepin Community College
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: Health, Welfare and Corrections Division
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Financial Institutions and Insurance Subcommittee: Insurance (Chair)
Local and Urban Affairs
Local and Urban Affairs Subcommittee: Social, Economic and Physical Development

Legislative Session: 70th (1977-1978)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/2/1976 Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/2/1979
District: 62A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Political Science Teacher, North Hennepin Community College
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Environment and Natural Resources
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Local and Urban Affairs

Articles & Books About
Wood, Nicole. "Wynia Realizes Value of Past in New Job as College President." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 20, 1998, p. 4.

Vento, Bruce F. "Tribute to Ann Wynia. (Extension of Remarks)" Congressional Record, October 23, 1989, p. E3506.


Archive Collections
Ann Wynia Papers, 1976-1989 - Available in the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections


The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.

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