Ember Reichgott Junge

Legislator, Politician

1953 –


Who is Ember Reichgott Junge?

Ember Reichgott Junge is an attorney, radio personality, and former State Senator from Minnesota, representing New Hope and surrounding communities. A Democrat, she was elected to the Senate at age 29 and served for a total of eighteen years. She served as a majority whip from 1991 to 1994, and as an assistant majority leader from 1995 to 2000. She authored the first charter school law in the United States.

In 1998, Reichgott Junge ran unsuccessfully for Minnesota Attorney General in the DFL primary, losing to Mike Hatch, who went on to be elected in November. In 2006, she ran for Congress in 5th Congressional district. In the contest to replace retiring incumbent Martin Olav Sabo, she placed third in the DFL primary, trailing Keith Ellison, the endorsed candidate, and former Sabo aide Mike Erlandson.

Reichgott Junge also pursues activities outside of politics; she has appeared on stage at the Lakeshore Players Community Theater in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Reichgott Junge is the Chief Advancement Officer for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

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Aug 22, 1953
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Duke University School of Law
Lived in
  • New Hope

on July 23, 2013


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