Legislative Assistant: DJ Danielson 651-296-8879
Occupation: Executive Director
Education: B.A., education, history, College of St. Scholastica; M.A., public administration, Hamline University
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Representative Michael Paymar was first elected in 1996 to serve District 64B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. District 64B consists primarily of the Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland, and West 7th Street neighborhoods of St. Paul.
Minnesota House of Representatives Chair, Public Safety Finance and Policy Division which has financial oversight over the Department of Corrections, Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Homeland Security, Department of Human Rights, Fire Marshall and crime victim programs.
Government and Community Service Member, Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board, Junior League of St. Paul; Former Commissioner, Saint Paul Charter Commission; Former City Council member, Duluth City Council 1980-1988; Former Duluth City Council President, 1984; Former Member, Board of Directors, ClearWay Minnesota.
Awards Service Award for Dedicated Service in Support of Civil Rights, presented by the NAACP; AWARE Award, presented by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Pro Bono Publico Award, presented by the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition; Achievement Award, presented by OutFront Minnesota; Achievement Award, presented by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women; Achievement Award, Presented by the Minnesota Judicial Council; Achievement Award, presented by the Homeless Coalition; Legislator of the Year Award, presented by SmokeFree for reducing youth access to tobacco.
Current Employment Executive Director, Education for Critical Thinking. Author of two books on domestic violence. Created an award-winning documentary With Impunity: Men and Gender Violence.
Past Employment Co-founder, Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project Former, adjunct professor, University of St. Thomas; Former consultant, United States Marine Corps; Former consultant, County of Los Angeles Probation Department; Former director, Family Service Domestic Violence Program, Dakota County, MN; Former teacher social worker.
International Work Open Society Institute; Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Balkans and the Caucuses; Advocates for Human Rights, Morocco; National Training Project, Australia, Switzerland, Scotland, Sweden, Japan, China.
Education Masters Degree in Public Administration, Hamline University. Bachelors Degree in Education and History, College of St. Scholastica. (Benedictine Scholar)
A Commitment to Accessibility During the legislative session constituent meetings are held at the Hillcrest Community Center on 1978 Ford Parkway, in Highland Park.