John Marty represents District 66 which includes Roseville, Lauderdale, Falcon Heights and parts of St. Paul.
First elected in 1986, Senator Marty distinguished himself immediately as an independent-minded progressive who is unafraid to take on special interests. Even in his first term, he took on several of the most powerful lobbyists, including big tobacco, the gun lobby, and insurance companies.
Marty is known as a strong advocate for social and economic justice and has a long list of legislative accomplishments. He is a champion for government ethics and campaign finance reform, personally rejecting all special interest money and fighting to remove big money from the political process. He has also been a consistent advocate for policies that promote fairness, equality and tolerance, as well as those that promote prevention—investing in health care, schools, and jobs to build a better future and prevent problems before they start.
Senator Marty has been a long-time leader in LGBTQ rights and justice, environmental protection and fighting climate change, and working for a fair economy that moves people out of poverty and into the middle class. Senator Marty was co-chair of the Legislative Commission on Ending Poverty.
Sen. Marty is the author of the proposed Minnesota Health Plan, which would cover all Minnesotans for all their medical needs including prescription drugs, dental care, vision and hearing, mental health and chemical dependency treatment, and long-term care. Under the proposal medical decisions would be made by patients and their doctors, not by government insurance companies. Despite expanded coverage for all, the MN Health Plan would cost less than the current health care system by eliminating the billing and insurance bureaucracy, through prevention and efficiency, and with fair price negotiations.
Senator Marty is currently the Ranking Minority member of the Senate Energy and Utilities Committee. He has received awards from the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. He is committed to Minnesota’s renewable energy future.
Senator Marty’s commitment to ethical, compassionate leadership started well before he was elected to the Minnesota Senate. He was raised by parents (theologian and author Martin Marty, and Elsa Schumacher Marty) who taught him the importance of service to others.
He has a B.A. in Ethics and Society from St. Olaf College. Senator Marty and his wife Connie live in Roseville and have two adult children.