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Greg Clausen (DFL) represents Senate District 57 in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area, including the cities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Coates, and part of Lakeville. He has spent 40 years serving Independent School District 196 as a teacher, coach, district administrator, Apple Valley High School Assistant Principal and Principal of Rosemount High School.

Having been first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2012, Greg is now in his first re-election campaign. In his first term he served as Vice-Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, and provided consistent leadership on a broad range of education related issues. He authored the legislation that now provides all day kindergarten for all Minnesota children, and legislation creating Minnesota’s student loan refinance program.

Senator Clausen is proud of his record of bipartisan problem solving. In the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions 80% of his bills had Republican cosponsors.

Clausen is a former vice-chair of the Dakota Woodlands Homeless Shelter Board of Directors, and served on the Dakota County Affordable Housing Coalition Board of Directors. He has served for several years on the Thrivent Financial, Rocky Mountain Region Board of Directors.

Senator Clausen earned a B.A. from Augsburg College, and an M.A. and E.D. Administration Specialist Degree  from the University of St Thomas.

Greg and his wife, Roberta, live in Apple Valley, and have three adult children, five grandsons and 1 granddaughter.