Ellen Anderson

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Ellen Anderson
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Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Former Commissioner
In office
March 28, 2011 - January 30, 2012
PartyNon-partisan
Elections and appointments
AppointedMarch 28, 2011
Appointed byGov. Mark Dayton
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota State Senate District 66
1993 to March 20, 2011
Education
Bachelor'sCarleton College (1982)
J.D.University of Minnesota Law School (1986)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 25, 1959
Websites
Office website
Ellen Anderson (b. November 25, 1959) was the chair Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. She previously served as a Democratic member of the Minnesota Senate, representing the 66th District from 1993 to March 20, 2011.[1]

On March 9, 2011, Gov. Mark Dayton announced he was appointing Anderson to chair the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Her resignation from the state senate was effective March 20.[2]

Biography

Anderson is a former Community Faculty member at Metropolitan State University. She is also a former clerk for Legal Services and Proyecto Libertad in Harlingen, Texas. From 1987 to 1988, she worked as a law clerk for Judge Gary Crippen of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She then worked as a Trial Attorney for the Hennepin County Public Defender's Office from 1987 to 1990. Anderson was also an Attorney for Education Minnesota from 1990 to 1992.[1]

Anderson served as a Research Director for the Wellstone for Senate Campaign in 1990.[1]

Education

Anderson earned her B.A. from Carleton College in 1982. She went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1986.[1]

Political career

Public Utilities Commission 2011-2012

On March 9, 2011, Gov. Mark Dayton announced he was appointing Anderson to chair the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Her resignation from the state senate was effective March 20.[3] Her appointment by Gov. Mark Dayton was denied by the Minnesota State Senate on January 30, 2012.[1]

Minnesota State Seante 1993-2011

Anderson served as a Democratic member of the Minnesota Senate, representing the 66th District from 1993 to March 20, 2011.

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the senate, Anderson served on the following committees in 2011:

Elections

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Anderson won re-election to the 66th District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Greg Copeland ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 66 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen Anderson (DFL) 16902 76.15%
Greg Copeland (R) 5228 23.55%
Write-In 65 0.29%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Anderson won re-election to the 66th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Warren Anderson (R).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 66 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen Anderson (DFL) 18,654 77.89%
Warren Anderson (R) 5,221 21.80%
Write-In 73 0.30%

Campaign donors

In 2006, Anderson collected $48,903 in donations.[5]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $18,203
House District 66B DFL $5,000
Joint Council 32 $500
Sylvia Anderson $500
Great River Energy Action Team-State $500

Personal

Anderson and her husband, Andy Dawkins, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
March 2011-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State Senate District 66
1993– March 2011
Succeeded by
Mary Jo McGuire