Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire was elected to the Ramsey County Board in 2012 and represents the communities of Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View (Precinct 4), New Brighton, Roseville and Ramsey County portion of St. Anthony.
Commissioner McGuire is a lifelong resident of Ramsey County, currently residing in Roseville. A graduate of Alexander Ramsey High School (now Roseville Area High School), Commissioner McGuire has a BA in Business Administration from the College of St. Catherine, a JD from Hamline University School of Law, and an MA in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She is trained as a “qualified neutral” in dispute resolution cases. Commissioner McGuire currently serves on the board of Northeast Youth and Family Services and the Roseville Community Foundation, and has previously served as a member of the Community Education Advisory Council. She is a member of Rotary and the League of Women Voters.
She is honored to serve on a number of County Board Committees, including chair of the Legislative Committee, co-chair of Active Living Ramsey Communities and Liaison to the Ramsey County Library Board. She is also a member of the Met Council’s Transportation Advisory Board, the Mosquito Control Commission and Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy Board. In 2019, she was elected to serve as the 2nd Vice President of the statewide Association of Minnesota Counties. (AMC)
From 1989 – 2002, she served as a State Representative in the Minnesota House representing the cities of: Roseville, St. Anthony Village, Lauderdale and Falcon Heights from 1989, stepping down in 2002 due to redistricting. In 2011, Commissioner McGuire was elected to the Minnesota Senate in a special election. While in the Minnesota Legislature, she worked passionately for our communities, receiving many local honors and awards, notably “Best Elected Official” by the Roseville Review and “Freshman Legislator of the Year” by Politics in Minnesota.