Senator Charles “Chuck” Wiger (born September 1951) represents SD 43, which includes all or parts of the cities of Birchwood, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, North Saint Paul, Oakdale, White Bear Lake, and Willernie. He was elected to the Senate in 1996 and has been re-elected five times.
Sen. Wiger has five children, and five grandchildren, and lives in Maplewood. Chuck graduated from North High School, Hamline University (B.A., magna cum laude, J.D.) and the University of Colorado (Boulder) School for Institution Management. In addition to serving in the Senate, he works at Securian Financial Group as an attorney. Before joining the Senate, he managed several area chambers of commerce.
Wiger has been active in education policy issues since he was 21 and first elected to the District 622 North Saint Paul – Maplewood – Oakdale School Board. He was elected seven times and completed his final term as board chair. Sen. Wiger also served as a supervisor and chair of the Ramsey County Soil & Water Conservation District Board. From 1983 to 1989, he also served as a member of the Metropolitan Council, representing parts of suburban Ramsey, Washington, and Hennepin Counties.
Sen. Wiger currently serves on the Capital Investment Committee, Local Government Committee, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee, and is the DFL lead on the Education Finance and Policy Committee.
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