Scott Dibble

Minnesota State Senate, District 61

Scott is the only LGBTQ member of the Minnesota State Senate

Biography

Scott Dibble first became involved in politics in the mid-1980’s in the LGBTQ movement for greater freedom and equality and for the rights of those with HIV/AIDS, leading to involvement on issues of social and economic justice—especially in the areas of neighborhood livability, transportation, housing, energy and the environment.

Presently the only out LGBTQ member of the Senate. One term in the House, now running for his sixth term in the Senate.

His leadership led to passage of a historic transit funding measure, enactment of the Freedom to Breathe Act (smoke-free indoor air) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. Dibble was the legislative leader and chief author of the Safe Schools for All Minnesota Students Act, a national model of bullying prevention. He spearheaded passage of medical cannabis, and the legislative plan to end HIV/AIDS in Minnesota. He has fought successfully for a tenant bill of rights, improvements for Minneapolis Community and Technical College, more solar energy, for the rights of tipped employees. He works on critical clean air, global warming, and economic challenges with initiatives on energy efficiency, renewable energy, mercury emissions reductions, electric cars, and green buildings.

Senator Dibble has defended against many attacks on the LGBTQ community. He helped lead the campaign for the defeat of an anti-marriage constitutional amendment in 2012, turning that into momentum for passage of his freedom to marry bill the following year.

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