Sandra Peterson, American politician, Died at 79

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Sandra E. Peterson was born on January 1936, and passed away in October 2015.

Sandra was a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives representing District 45A, which included all or portions of the cities of New Hope, Plymouth and Crystal in western Hennepin County, which is part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

A Democrat, she is also a retired teacher.

Sandra was first elected in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

She was a member of the House’s K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee and Rules and Legislative Administration Committee.

Sandra also served on the Finance subcommittees for the Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division and the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division.

Sandra attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, receiving her B.S. in Education in 1967.

She also attended the University of Minnesota, earning an Emotional-Behavioral Disability (E.B.D.) graduate license and a Learning Disability (L.D.) graduate license.

She was a teacher for the Robbinsdale School District from 1970-2004.

Active in education organizations through the years, Peterson was president of the Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers from 1977–1987, president of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers from 1987–1998, co-president of Education Minnesota from 1998–2001, and vice president of Education Minnesota from 2001-2004.

Sandra was also a member of the board of directors of the American Education Finance Association, vice president of the American Federation of Teachers, and a member of the A.F.T.’s Program and Policy Council and Merger Advisory Team.

Sandra has also been active in her community and on several government and public service committees.

She was vice president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (A.F.L.-C.I.O.).

Sandra was vice chair of the board of directors of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, a founding member of the Minnesota Mental Health Legislative Caucus, chair of the Career Advancement Committee of the Governor’s Workforce Development Council, and a member of the Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Board.

She has served as a board member of the Northwest Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) and is a member of the local League of Women Voters.

Sandra died in October 2015 at the age of 79.