Mary Jo McGuire
|Mary Jo McGuire|
|Minnesota State Senate District 66|
|2011 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 12, 2011|
|Bachelor's||College of Saint Catherine|
|Master's||Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government|
|J.D.||Hamline University School of Law|
|Birthday||July 7, 1956|
|Place of birth||Falcon Heights, MN|
McGuire is currently a professor of educational management at St. Catherine's University where she first graduated. She received her Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University and her law degree from Hamline University. Prior to teaching at St. Catherine's University, she worked as a criminal investigator with the St. Paul City Attorney's Office and served in the Minnesota State Legislature for 14 years. She has also worked as Director of the Neighborhood Mediation Project. McGuire is a life-long resident of Falcon Heights.
McGuire's campaign site highlighted her campaign themes:
- Education: "Mary Jo has always been at the forefront of the early childhood movement. Before many understood the importance of early learning, she was working tirelessly to increase funding for quality child care, the Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) program, Head Start and Early Head Start, as well as improving afterschool programming for learners throughout the state. Mary Jo successfully advocated for better linkages between our K-12 and early childhood education programs, and supported efforts to ensure that every young child is provided quality learning experiences in their early years in order to enter Kindergarten ready to learn."
- Children and Families: "As an advocate for children and families, Mary Jo has always been concerned about the increasing rate of domestic violence in our communities. During her previous legislative serivce, she was the chief author of the anti-stalking law which makes it a felony to repeatedly stalk or harass another person. She has worked to strengthen penalties for career criminals, including dangerous repeat sex offenders, and has also supported investments in efforts designed to prevent crime and keep young people out of the workhouse and in the workforce."
- Environment: "Renewable energy sources like wind energy, solar energy and next generation biomass could power our homes and businesses, create jobs that won’t be outsourced, keep dollars spent on energy circulating right here in our local economy and protect our environment for our children and grandchildren... Mary Jo knows how communities can come together to protect the purity of water for drinking, recreation and healthy ecosystems, and Minnesota needs her voice to be heard in the Senate, before it is too late... With 40 percent of our state’s tested waterways already polluted, there is no time to wait to take action against reckless development and opposition to polluters who would weaken the Clean Water Act. Mary Jo will vote to protect our precious waters... The good news about climate change, which Mary Jo recognizes as one of the most profound threats of our time, is that the solutions will drive innovation, create more livable communities and improve human health, as well as the health of the planet. Clean, green solutions will also reduce our dependence on oil, save consumers money, create jobs, and reduce air pollution."
- Healthy Economy: Times are tough. Financial resources are limited, not only at the state level but at the local level - and at the family level - as well. And while tough times require tough decisions, those decisions have to be made through honest discussion and with specific consideration of the practical, long-term consequences of our actions. Mary Jo supports both targeted spending cuts - and targeted revenue increases - as a means of solving the state's current fiscal crisis. She will work to ensure that cuts are made in a way that protects the most vulnerable in our communities, and that revenues are raised in the most equitable manner possible."
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score." 
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- ↑ Campaign Site, "About Mary Jo"
- ↑ Star Tribune, "Seven candidates file to replace MN Sen. Ellen Anderson (Updated)," March 15, 2011
- ↑ KARE 11, "Former state lawmaker Mary Jo McGuire wins primary," March 30, 2011
- ↑ Minnesota Secretary of State, District 66 Election Results
- ↑ Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed September 27, 2013
- ↑ Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed September 27, 2013
- ↑ Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed September 27, 2013
|Minnesota State Senate District 66
| Succeeded by|
John Marty (DFL)