Terri Bonoff

Born:August 1, 1957 (age 64)
Career:Minnesota State Senate, 2005-present
Education:B.A., Clark University

Terri Bonoff has served in the Minnesota Senate since 2005, representing District 44. She was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, but lost in the general election.

Bonoff was born in August 1, 1957, in Edina, Minnesota. She earned a degree in psychology and sociology from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. After graduation, she worked in the family business of Jackson Graves, a women's retail specialty store; as manager of promotional services for Tonka Toys; and as vice president and general manager for the computer products division of the Navarre Corporation.

After serving on the Minnetonka Planning Commission and as co-chair for the Hopkins Legislative Action Commission, Bonoff won a 2005 special election to fill the Minnesota Senate seat being vacated by David Gaither. In 2011, she was elected deputy minority leader of the DFL Senate caucus and in 2013 became the chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. As chair of that committee, she has overseen an investment of more than $400 million in Minnesota's higher education infrastructure and created the MN PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education Labor Industry Experience) Project, which has received national and international recognition.

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