Erin will be the first Black woman ever elected to the Minnesota State Senate!
Erin Maye Quade is a former Minnesota State Representative who was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016. There, Rep. Maye Quade quickly established herself as a candid and fierce advocate for Minnesotans championing paid family leave; eliminating racial disparities; expanding access to affordable child care; ending childhood hunger; eliminating gun violence; fully funding public schools; and investing in treatment for mental health and substance use disorder. In 2018, Rep. Maye Quade founded the Childhood Hunger Caucus, a coalition of businesses, nonprofits and policymakers dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Minnesota.
After legislation to prevent gun violence was stopped by Republican lawmakers, Rep. Maye Quade held a 24-hour sit-in on the House floor to protest inaction on the issue and shared stories of victims and survivors of gun violence. In June 2018, Rep. Erin Maye Quade became the first out LGBTQ person – and among the youngest – to be endorsed as the DFL candidate for Lt. Governor.
Currently, Erin Maye Quade is the Advocacy Director at Gender Justice, where she works to advance gender justice through public education, strategic partnerships and coalition-building. Erin lives in Apple Valley with her wife, Alyse, and their two rescue dogs Sota & Jeffers; she enjoys yoga, eating carbs, and beating Wisconsin.