Sen. Steve Kelley's campaign ended on June 10, 2006 when he lost what became two-person battle for the DFL endorsement during the party convention in Rochester.
He stressed education as his principal issue in the 2006 campaign. He serves as chairman of the Senate K-12 Budget Committee, which often puts him at odds with Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Kelley, a third-term senator from Hopkins, is one of the Pawlenty administration's leading critics, especially when it comes to education matters. As chairman of the Senate Education Committee, he led the hearings that resulted in the ouster of Education Commissioner Cheri Yecke and he helped draft the state's new academic standards after disagreeing with ones put out by Yecke.
Kelley has sought statewide office before. He tried but failed to get the DFL's U.S. Senate nod in 2000. "It will be an energetic campaign from the very beginning," Kelley said. There's a benefit to being an early entrant, he said. "Every subsequent story includes your name."
January 8, 1953
Married to Married: Sophie Bell Kelley, 2 children.
Resides in Hopkins.
Blake High School, BA, Williams College (Political Economy), JD Columbia University.
|Major political experience:
Former member of Board of Medical Practice. Elected to the House in 1992, re-elected in 1994. Elected to the Senate 1996, re-elected in 2000, 2002. Attorney with Mackall, Crounse and Moore law firm in Minneapolis since 1993. Lawyer at Dorsey and Whitney law firm in Minneapolis 1979-83. Clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Leonard P. Moore 1978-79.
On the Issues
|Early education (1/15/06)|
|Gax tax (2/22/06)|
|Health care (2/22/06)|
|Same-sex marriage (2/22/06)|
Campaign Contribution Report
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|Source: Kelley campaign - January 2006|
|KSTP gubernatorial debate (10/29/06)|
|Gubernatorial debate - Minneapolis (9/27/06)|
|First gubernatorial debate - Bloomington (9/14/06)|
|Four party-endorsed candidates debate at Farmfest (8/2/06)|
|DFL candidates debate on MPR's Midday (3/7/06)|
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