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  Molnau, Carol L.
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NameCarol L. Molnau
Address495 Pioneer Tr.
Chaska, Minnesota 55318, United States
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Born September 17, 1949 (73 years)
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InfoEntrusted with more responsibility than any Lieutenant Governor in modern times, Carol Molnau serves Minnesota both as the state's number two executive and also as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

First elected in 1992, Carol Molnau served five terms as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, before being elected Lieutenant Governor in 2002. In the Legislature, she represent portions of Carver, Sibley, Scott and Le Sueur counties. She served as an Assistant Majority Leader of the House Republican Caucus and as Chair of the House Transportation Finance Committee. She also was a member of several important House committees: Capital Investment, Rules and Legislative Administration, Transportation, and Ways and Means.

Molnau has compiled a distinguished record of cutting taxes, controlling the growth of state spending, and improving the state�s transportation systems. She has been honored each year by the Legislative Evaluation Assembly for her conservative voting record. As a lawmaker, she was especially proud of her work to prevent health insurers from discriminating against women who suffer from fibrocystic breast conditions, and to make minors� possession of tobacco products illegal.

Molnau, 53, was born and raised on a farm in Carver County. She attended Waconia public schools and the University of Minnesota.

Carol and her husband, Steve, have been farm owner/operators since they were married in 1971, growing corn and soybeans in Carver, Nicollet, Renville and Sibley counties. Through hard work and responsible stewardship, Carol and Steve have been recognized leaders in agriculture. Among many awards, they were recognized as Farm Family of the Year by The Farmer magazine in 1984. Their showcase operation has hosted visits by numerous exchange students and by several national and international leaders. Through Minnesota Extension Service and the Humphrey Institute programs, Carol spent time in Russia assisting post-Soviet farmers to improve their agricultural practices.

Before their marriage, Steve Molnau served in the U.S. Army. Carol and Steve have three adult daughters and two grandchildren.

Prior to her legislative service, Molnau has been a leader in a variety of areas. She served one term on the Chaska City Council, during a time of explosive growth (1989-92). She has been an active business, school, church, 4-H, and American Legion Auxillary volunteer. She formerly served on the boards of the Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Rural Futures. She and her husband have been active in the Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.

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