Senator Dan Sparks represents District 27, which includes all or portions of Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, and Steele counties in the southeastern part of the state. Dan was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002. He was re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2016. He was selected to chair the Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development in 2012 and his special legislative concerns include education funding, lowering prescription drug costs, and economic development.
Dan attended college at the University of Minnesota and at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud. Dan and his wife Andrea live in Austin with their four children. He has worked road construction, at the Austin Hormel plant, at Farmers and Merchants bank in Austin and on the family farm. Dan has also been the YMCA Board of Directors, is a member of the local Lions club, and is involved in youth hockey and little league.