Dr. Roger D. Moe
Roger Moe grew up on a farm outside of Crookston, Minnesota. He attended a one–room school, graduated from Crookston Central High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Mayville State University (North Dakota) where he majored in Education, followed by graduate studies at Moorhead State University and North Dakota State University in Education Administration. This spring the University of Minnesota presented Roger with an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree for his years of public service.
Roger Moe was elected to the Legislature in 1970, and represented Northwestern Minnesota’s 2nd Senate District. Moe is the longest serving Senate Majority Leader in the history of the state. Under his guidance the Senate developed, in bi–partisan fashion, legislation that gives parents and students greater choice in education, additional health care options for the elderly, balanced environmental initiatives, workforce training programs, expanded agricultural and medical research and public safety and transportation legislation that recognized the unique differences in rural and urban Minnesota.
His numerous legislative achievements include the landmark measure streamlining of state higher education though creation of the Minnesota State Colleges and University System, champion of quality K–12 education and high standards, the Midwest Higher Education Commission and author of the Environmental Trust Fund.
He was the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor in 1998 and Governor in 2002.
Before becoming a legislator, Moe taught mathematics and coached at Ada High School. He is president of his own consulting company, National Strategies Inc. Moe also serves on the board of directors of the Norwegian American Foundation, Minnesota Debate 2004, Policy Consensus Initiative, Minnesota Kids First and is on the advisory board to the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute. Roger and Paulette make there home in rural Erskine, northwestern Minnesota. They have four children and five grandchildren.