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Molnau, Carol L.

House 1993-2002 (District 35A)

Party when first elected:  Independent Republican

Counties Served:  Carver, Le Sueur, Scott, Sibley

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/17/1949
Birth Place: Minnesota
Birth County: Carver
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Female
Religion: Lutheran-Missouri Synod
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Chaska
Occupation (when first elected): Farm Owner and Operator, 430 Acres; Beef, Corn, Soybeans, and Alfalpha

EDUCATION

Waconia High School; Secondary;
University of Minnesota; Attended College; Leadership

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal Council/Aldermen: Chaska, Minnesota (City Council); 1989 to 1992 [Elected]
State Lieutenant Governor: Minnesota; 01/06/2003 to 01/03/2011 [Elected]
State Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation (Commissioner); 01/06/2003 to 02/28/2008 [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Steven "Steve" Molnau (married in 1971)
Children: Three children: Heather, Kristen, and Megan (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

She served as both Minnesota Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Governor Tim Pawlenty's administration. The Senate confirmed her appointment as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation during Governor Pawlenty's first term. However, in February 2008, during his second term, the Senate rejected her confirmation.

She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Shorewood, Minnesota.

Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota, the Directory, 1999-2000 and a newspaper article.

Total Days Served: 3654

SESSIONS SERVED

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 35A
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Chaska
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Carver, Le Sueur, Scott, Sibley
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator; Beef, Corn, Soybeans, and Alfalpha
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2001 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Transportation Finance (Chair)
  • Transportation Policy
  • Ways and Means
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 35A
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Chaska
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Carver, Le Sueur, Scott, Sibley
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator; Beef, Corn, Soybeans, and Alfalpha
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Transportation Finance (Chair)
  • Transportation Policy
  • Ways and Means
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 35A
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: Chaska
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Carver, Le Sueur, Scott, Sibley
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator; Beef, Corn, Soybeans, and Alfalpha
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Joint House/Senate Special Select Subcommittee on Agricultural Education
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Transportation and Transit
  • Transportation and Transit: Transportation and Transit Finance Division
  • Transportation and Transit: Transportation Efficiency and Standards
  • Ways and Means
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 35A
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: Chaska
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Carver, Le Sueur, Scott, Sibley
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator; Beef, Corn, Soybeans, and Alfalpha
Party: Independent Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance and Rural Development
  • Agriculture: Dairy Policy and Soil and Water Conservation
  • Economic Development, Infrastructure and Regulation Finance
  • Economic Development, Infrastructure and Regulation Finance: Transportation Finance Division
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • International Trade and Economic Development

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 35A
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: Chaska
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/2/1995
Counties Represented: Carver, Le Sueur, Scott, Sibley
Occupation: Farm Owner and Operator, 430 Acres; Beef, Corn, Soybeans, and Alfalpha
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Resources
  • Economic Development, Infrastructure and Regulation Finance
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs: Metropolitan Council