Bobby Joe Champion

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Bobby Joe Champion
Bobby Joe Champion 2012.jpg
Champion at the 2012 Twin Cities Pride Parade
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 59th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded byredrawn district
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 58B district
In office
January 6, 2009 – Present
Preceded byAugustine Dominguez
Succeeded bydistrict redrawn
Personal details
Born (1963-12-17) December 17, 1963 (age 55)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political partyMinnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
ResidenceMinneapolis, Minnesota
Alma materMacalester College
William Mitchell College of Law

Bobby Joe Champion (born December 17, 1963) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 59, which includes portions of downtown and north Minneapolis in Hennepin County. He is also an attorney.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Champion graduated from Minneapolis North High School, then went on to Macalester College in Saint Paul, receiving his B.A. in political science. He later received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, also in Saint Paul. He worked as an assistant Minnesota attorney general under Hubert H. Humphrey III and Mike Hatch, and as an attorney for a legal rights center. He also worked with Flyte Tyme Productions and was co-founder and director of the Grammy-nominated Excelsior Choir. He was executive director of the Midwest Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors, and was program director for Social Spaces with Stairstep Initiative.[1][2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Champion was elected to the House in 2008, unseating first-term incumbent Augustine Dominguez. He was reelected in 2010.[3]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

In November 2012, Champion was elected to the Minnesota Senate, defeating Republican Jim Lilly by a margin of 82%–18%.[4] Champion was reelected to the Minnesota Senate in 2016, defeating challenger Jennifer Carnahan. [5]


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Champion, Bobby Joe". Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  2. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Bobby Joe Champion - Biography". 1963-12-17. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2010-11-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Election Results". Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Minnesota 59th District State Senate Results: Bobby Joe Champion Wins". 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2017-11-13.

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