Senator Sandy Pappas


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Senator Sandra Pappas represents District 65 in St. Paul. Born in Hibbing, Pappas completed her undergraduate studies at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, where she is former adjunct faculty. She also has an MPA degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

First elected in 1985 to represent District 65B in the House of Representatives, Pappas was later elected in 1990 to the Senate, where she has served since.

Throughout her legislative career, Pappas has advocated for human rights. She’s fought fervently for women, children and other vulnerable groups carrying proposals to prohibit trafficking of persons; to make higher education affordable for individuals brought into the state as children; to provide emergency contraception for sexual assault victims; to establish licensure for midwives; and to promote responsible sex education programs in high schools.

In addition to her legislative duties, Pappas is Vice President of Women Legislators’ Lobby, a project of women’s action for new directions, and serves on the advisory committee for the Office on the Economic Status of Women and the board of World Without Genocide. Previously, she served as a member of the Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, as treasurer of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association and as chair of the Social Justice Committee at Congregation Shir Tikvah Synagogue.

Pappas enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with family and friends. She is married to Neal Gosman and they have three daughters and 18 grandchildren.


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    Protect and support family building options! I am proud to be the author of SF707. ...

    RESOLVE advocates turn out in full force for Minnesota Advocacy Day today to protect access to all family building options and to thank Senator Sandy Pappas (left at the table) for authoring the pro-family Gestational Carrier Act. #mnleg Our next state Advocacy Day is in New York on May 8th. Learn more: goo.gl/vtBnpr

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    Questions about Minnesota’s system for license plates and vehicle titles are overwhelming the state’s customer service center, with hundreds of thousands of calls and emails received each month. DFL senators have put forth a plan to improve customer service, but Senate Republicans refuse to spend a dime to hire new customer service staff – even temporary workers.

    In February and March alone, more than 500,000 calls about MNLARS were met with a busy signal. Some emails took up to six weeks before a worker responded. This level of customer service is unacceptable. I don’t understand why Republicans refuse to be part of a common-sense solution to improve customer service.
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    Senate Republicans haven't released their bonding or tax conformity bills. If they don’t get to work soon, Minnesotans can expect more chaos, back room deals out of the public view, and potentially another special session. We deserve better.

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