Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Over the past 7 sessions, I have been focused on addressing the priorities for constituents in Bloomington and Richfield. We have made progress in many areas, but there is more work to be done and that is why I am running to continue to represent our district in the Minnesota Senate. I would be honored to continue to represent the communities of Bloomington and Richfield at the State Capitol.
As I have been campaigning, I have visited residents at their doors across our district and I appreciate talking with them about their concerns and hopes for the future of our communities. One thing I hear is that people want to see our legislators work together to create the best solutions for the challenges we face. I have used this approach to successfully pass bipartisan bills each year I have been in the Senate. Education, health care, children's issues and improving access to mental health treatment have been priorities for me.
I will continue to work hard to represent the residents of Bloomington and Richfield in a way that addresses our communities’ needs for strong schools, affordable health care, investment in infrastructure and preserving our environment. If you would like to receive email updates from our campaign you can add your name and email address below. Thank you for visiting my website, and let's stay in touch. I value your input and look forward to hearing from you in the weeks ahead.
Deep roots in our communities
Melissa’s roots are deep in our communities with her parents and extended family living close by in Bloomington and Richfield. Melissa grew up in Bloomington and attended Bloomington public schools including graduating from Kennedy High School. Melissa’s parents were both public employees and both devoted their careers to public service: her mother as an educator in Bloomington and her father as a state employee. Melissa and her husband, Craig, have lived for 34 years at the same address in Bloomington and have two children.
Melissa has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota in Electrical Engineering and worked for a Fortune 500 telecommunications and Internet services company as an engineer, manager and director. Her roles included providing field support of telecommunications equipment, testing and developing new data services and managing teams of network engineers, systems architects and software developers.
Melissa has also been active in her community, working on many committees and boards relating to school, church and sports as her children were growing up. In 2009, she was elected to the Bloomington School Board and served her last year as Chair. As a Board member, she was an active member of District committees and chaired the Legislative Committee. Melissa brought her leadership skills as well as her background in data analysis to the position in order to help the School Board effectively perform its governance and policy-making roles.