Senator Jennifer McEwen

Senator Jennifer McEwen was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2021. She represents Senate District 8, which covers the community of Duluth.
McEwen grew up in Duluth, MN, and lives in the house that her great-grandparents built in the Morley Heights neighborhood along with her husband and two children. She is a proud supporter of public education and universal health care as her mom was a career nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital and her dad a teacher in the Duluth Public Schools.
McEwen has a background in public interest law as an attorney for disabled workers, public defense, and legal aid. She also serves on the Damiano Center Board (past president), where she works with others to provide food security to struggling families.
McEwen was the lead author of the Protect Reproductive Options (PRO) Act that codified the legal right to an abortion in Minnesota state statutes. She successfully established a massive funding initiative for the state-wide replacement of all residential lead service lines in Minnesota, and led the Senate in correcting a historical wrong– by finally allowing hourly school workers like kitchen staff and paraprofessionals to receive unemployment insurance when they are laid off.
McEwen spearheaded and led the 2022 Omnibus Labor package, hailed as transformational for unions and workers in Minnesota, including banning captive audience meetings, voiding non-compete clauses, expanding teacher bargaining power, extending earned sick and safe time to every Minnesota worker, and strengthening common sense worker safety laws, among a number of other initiatives.
Sen. McEwen serves as Chair of the Labor Committee, Vice-Chair of the Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee, and as a member of the Energy, Utilities, Environment, and Climate Committee and Transportation Committee.