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Davnie, Jim

House 2001-2012 (District 62A); House 2013-Present (District 63A)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 4/13/1959
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Birth County: Hennepin
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Minneapolis
Occupation (when first elected): Middle School Teacher, Buffalo Community Middle School/Former Professional Chef

EDUCATION

Bloomington Jefferson High School; Secondary;
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; B.S.; Psychology and Social Work
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; M.P.A.;
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; M.Ed.; Education

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Cara Letofsky
Children: Two children: Eamon, and Rose (she was born while he was in office)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Bloomington.

Total Days Served: 6685

SESSIONS SERVED

91st Legislative Session (2019-2020)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 63A
Elected: 11/8/2018
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/8/2019 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Executive Director, SciMathMN
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Ways & Means Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Education Finance Division (Chair) Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division Minutes

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 63A
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/7/2019
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Executive Director, SciMathMN
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2017 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 63A
Elected: 11/4/2014
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/6/2015 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Financial Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2015 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Education Finance Minutes
  • Education Innovation Policy Minutes
  • Taxes Minutes
  • Taxes: Property Tax & Local Government Finance Division Minutes

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 63A
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Financial Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2013 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62A
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Financial Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62A
Elected: 11/4/2008
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Social Studies Teacher, Buffalo Community Middle School
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce and Labor Minutes
  • Commerce and Labor: Labor and Consumer Protection Division (Chair) Minutes
  • Finance: K-12 Education Finance Division Minutes
  • K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Minutes
  • Taxes Minutes

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62A
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher, Buffalo Community Middle School
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce and Labor Minutes
  • Commerce and Labor: Labor and Consumer Protection Division (Chair) Minutes
  • E-12 Education Minutes
  • Finance: Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division: K-12 Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division: K-12 Finance Division: Disparities in Student Support and Service Minutes
  • Taxes Minutes

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62A
Elected: 11/2/2004
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2005 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62A
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: Buffalo
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2003 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development
  • Education Finance
  • Education Policy

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62A
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Middle School Teacher, Buffalo Community Middle School/Former Professional Chef
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Education Policy
  • K-12 Education Finance
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2014 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2008 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2006 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2003 House Interview


Articles & Books About
Maeda, David. "Lesson Plans." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, January 5, 2001, p. 16.



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