Meet Matt Schmit

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Above: Matt Schmit with his parents and brothers on Election Day 2012. 

Senator Matt Schmit (DFL-Red Wing) represents District 21 in the Minnesota Senate, which includes portions of Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Dodge counties. Elected in 2012, Schmit serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, which oversees telecommunications issues. He also sits on the Capital Investment and Energy and Environment policy committees, as well as the Environment, Agriculture, and Economic Development finance division. In addition, he holds the gavel for the Senate Game and Fish Subcommittee.

Outside his official legislative duties, Schmit runs a small consulting firm and teaches an economic development course at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is a past member of the National Transportation Research Board, and is active with the National Conference of State Legislatures Commerce Committee and Nuclear Energy work group.

A lifelong resident of Red Wing, Schmit‘s academic background includes undergraduate studies in biology and political science (BA) at St John’s University and graduate studies in economics and public policy (MPP) at the University of Minnesota.