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Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Steve Sviggum

In office
June 20, 2006 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Matt Entenza
Succeeded by Marty Seifert

Minnesota State Representative from District 60A
Assumed office 
January 1999
Preceded by Dee Long

Born March 11, 1968 (1968-03-11) (age 41)
Mankato, Minnesota
Political party DFL
Spouse(s) David Kelliher
Children Patrick, Francis
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma mater Gustavus Adolphus College
Harvard University
Profession community organizer
Religion Roman Catholic

Margaret Anderson Kelliher is a Democratic Farmer Labor Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 60A. First elected in 1998, she represents portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County. She is the current Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. She is the second woman to hold the position (after Dee Long). She is also a candidate for the 2010 gubernatorial election.

Anderson Kelliher grew up on a dairy farm in rural Blue Earth County. After graduating from Mankato West High School, she received a B.A. in history and political science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, and a M.P.A. in public administration from Harvard University. She worked as a legislative staffer for then-Speaker Robert Vanasek and then-Senate President Allan Spear before being elected to the legislature herself.[1][2]

Anderson Kelliher served as Minority Whip from 2003-2006, and in January 2006 became the first Assistant Minority Leader of the Minnesota House. In June 2006, she was selected by her caucus to succeed Rep. Matt Entenza as Minority Leader, assuming the position after the legislative session had come to a close. After the Democrats won control of the House in the 2006 Election, she was selected by her caucus to be House Speaker starting in January 2007.[3] She succeeded Rep. Steve Sviggum in that position. On January 6, 2009, she was re-elected Speaker for the 2009-2010 biennium.

On September 16, 2009, Anderson Kelliher announced that she would seek the DFL endorsement for governor in 2010. Anderson Kelliher joined a field that included two other former house minority leaders, Matt Entenza and Marty Seifert.[4]

Anderson Kelliher and her husband, David, have two children, Patrick and Frances.


  1. ^ Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher Minnesota House of Representatives
  2. ^ Profile: New House Majority Leadership Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Monitor, November 15, 2006
  3. ^ Two Minneapolis lawmakers will lead Legislature Janet Kubat Willette , Agri News, November 14, 2006
  4. ^ Kelliher announces that she's running for governor

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Preceded by
Steve Sviggum
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
2007 – Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Matt Entenza
Minnesota House Minority Leader
2006 – 2007
Succeeded by
Marty Seifert
Preceded by
Dee Long
State Representative from Minnesota District 60A
1999 – Present
Succeeded by


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