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Sandy Pappas

Sandy Pappas
48th President of the Minnesota Senate
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded by Michelle Fischbach
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 65th district
Assumed office
January 8, 1991
Preceded by Donald Moe
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 65B district
In office
January 8, 1985 – January 7, 1991
Preceded by Frank Rodriguez
Succeeded by Carlos Mariani
Personal details
Born (1949-06-15) June 15, 1949
Hibbing, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Neal Gosman
Children 3
Residence Saint Paul, Minnesota
Alma mater Metropolitan State University (B.A.)
Harvard University (MPA)
Occupation legislator
Religion Jewish

Sandra L. "Sandy" Pappas (born June 15, 1949) is a Minnesota politician and the 48th and current President of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 65, which includes portions of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Early life and education

Pappas was born in Hibbing, Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota and later attended Metropolitan State University, from which she earned a B.A. in public policy in 1986. She later attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, earning an MPA.[1]

Minnesota House of Representatives

Pappas was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 65B from 1985 to 1991.[1]

Minnesota Senate

Pappas was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1990 and has been re-elected in every subsequent election since then. She currently chairs the State and Local Government Committee. She also serves on the Capital Investment, Commerce, Finance, and Rules and Administration committees. She was chair of the Higher Education Committee from 2007 to 2011 and chair of the Education Committee from 2001 to 2003. She served as president pro tempore from 2003 to 2007.[1]

After the DFL regained a majority in the 2012 election, Pappas was elected by her caucus to serve as President of the Minnesota Senate, starting in January 2013.[2]

1997 Saint Paul mayoral campaign

Pappas ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Saint Paul against incumbent Norm Coleman in 1997.[1]

Personal life

Pappas is married to Neal Gosman. They have three daughters and 15 grandchildren.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d """Pappas, Sandra L. "Sandy. Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. (November 8, 2012). "Bakk, Thissen to lead DFL at the State Capitol". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Pappas for Senate. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

External links

  • Sandy Pappas at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
  • Senator Sandy Pappas official Minnesota Senate website
  • Senator Sandy Pappas official campaign website
  • Minnesota Public Radio - Votetracker: Sandy Pappas Voting Record
  • Project Vote Smart - Senator Sandy Pappas Profile
  • Follow the Money - Sandy Pappas Campaign Contributions
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Political offices
Preceded by
Michelle Fischbach
President of the Minnesota Senate
Minnesota Senate
Preceded by
Donald Moe
Senator from the 65th district
Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank Rodriguez
Member of the House of Representatives
from the 65B district

Succeeded by
Carlos Mariani
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