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Tina Liebling (DFL)

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Tina Liebling was born and raised in Minneapolis. After her family moved out of state Tina came back to Minnesota on her own. She supported herself as a waitress, nurse's aide, and clerical worker so she could attend the University of Minnesota. After graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Spanish she went on to get an M.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a J.D. cum laude from Boston University Law School.

After law school she married Mark. The couple moved to the Chicago area where Tina practiced law in the Cook County Public Defender's Office and where their three children were born. She returned to Minnesota in 1994, when Mark joined the staff of Mayo Clinic, and started a solo law practice concentrating on criminal law.

In 2002, Tina ran for State Representative in District 30A, coming in second in a three-way race. In 2003-2004, Tina taught legal writing to first-year law students at the University of Minnesota School of Law and provided free legal services through Southeast Minnesota Regional Legal Services. In 2004 she was elected to represent District 30A in the state legislature, the first DFL representative from Rochester in over 30 years. She was re-elected in 2006, was chosen by her caucus as an Assistant Majority Leader, and was again re-elected in 2008.

Tina is a member of the Olmsted County Bar Association, the NAACP, and the Rochester League of Women Voters. She served for six years on the Dodge-Filmore-Olmsted Community Corrections Advisory Board. She has been a leader in her faith community and a school volunteer for many years. She and her husband support numerous worthy causes, both local and national. All three of Tina's children graduated from Rochester Public Schools and have continued their educations.

Info from Tina Liebling's Website.

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