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Wiger, Sr., Charles W. "Chuck"

Senate 1996-2012 (District 55); Senate 2013-Present (District 43)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Ramsey, Washington

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/14/1951
Birth Place: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Birth County: Ramsey
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Chuck
City of Residence (when first elected): North Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Writer/Public Affairs/Attorney

EDUCATION

Hamline University; B.A.; Magna Cum Laude
University of Colorado, Boulder, Graduate Institute of Organization Management; Attended Graduate School;
Hamline University School of Law; J.D.; 1977

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Government: Ramsey County, Minnesota (Soil and Water Conservation District); 19?? to ? [Elected]
County Government: Ramsey County, Minnesota (Parks and Recreation Commission); 19?? to ?
State Legislative Staff: Minnesota Senate (Intern for Senator Jerome Hughes); 197? to 197?
School Board/Administration: District 622, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale, Minnesota (School Board); 1973 to 1990 [Elected]
State Agency: Minnesota Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities (Apponted by Governor Rudy Perpich); 1983 to 19?? [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Christine "Chris" (divorced sometime before the 2016 election)
Children: Five children: Jessica, Charles Jr., Angelina, Brittany, and Carolyn
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: education, economic development, health care, environment, water sustainability.

Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.

Total Days Served: 8106

SESSIONS SERVED

91st Legislative Session (2019-2020) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Maplewood
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • E-12 Finance and Policy
  • Local Government

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Maplewood
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment [He was a member in 2018 only.]
  • E-12 Finance
  • Local Government

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Maplewood
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2015 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2015 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Finance
  • Finance: E-12 Policy and Budget Division (Chair)
  • Finance: Transportation and Public Safety Policy and Budget Division
  • Rules and Administration: Litigation Expenses Subcommittee

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 43
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Maplewood
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Finance: E-12 Division (Chair)
  • Finance: Transportation and Public Safety Division
  • Transportation and Public Safety

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 55
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Maplewood
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Education
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • State Government Innovation and Veterans

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 55
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Maplewood
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Attorney, Securian Financial Legal Department
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2010 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Education
  • Education: Charter Schools
  • Finance
  • Finance: E-12 Education Budget and Policy Division
  • Finance: Higher Education Budget and Policy Division
  • Higher Education

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 55
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: North Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Attorney, St. Paul
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Education (Chair)
  • Finance: E-12 Education Budget Division
  • Finance: Higher Education Budget and Policy Division
  • Higher Education

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 55
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: North Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Attorney
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:
  • Elections (Chair)
  • Finance
  • Finance: K-12 Education Budget Division
  • Finance: Transportation Budget Division
  • Rules and Administration: Elections (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Litigation Expenses (Chair)
  • State and Local Government Operations
  • Transportation

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 55
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: North Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Attorney/Writer
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:
  • Elections-2004 (Chair)
  • Finance [He was a member in 2004 only.]
  • Finance: Early Childhood-Grade 12 Education Budget Division-2003/K-12 Education Budget Division-2004
  • Finance: Transportation Policy and Budget Division
  • Rules and Administration: Litigation Expenses (Chair)
  • State and Local Government Operations

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 55
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: North Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Writer/Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2001 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Education
  • Education: Assessment and Testing
  • Education: Early Childhood-Grade 12 Education Budget Division
  • Finance
  • Finance: Environment and Agriculture Budget Division
  • Jobs, Housing and Community Development

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 55
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: North Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Writer/Public Affairs/Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Children, Families and Learning
  • Children, Families and Learning/Education Finance: K-12 Education Budget Division
  • Education Finance
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans: Veterans (Chair)
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans/Election Laws/State Gov't. Finance Comm.: Governmental Operations Budget Division
  • Local and Metropolitan Government

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 55
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: North Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Ramsey, Washington
Occupation: Writer/Public Affairs/Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Children, Families and Learning
  • Children, Families and Learning/Education Finance: K-12 Education Budget Division
  • Education Finance
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans: Veterans (Chair)
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans/Election Laws/State Gov't. Finance Comm.: Governmental Operations Budget Division
  • Local and Metropolitan Government
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