President of the Senate
Meet Senator Fischbach
Senator Michelle Fischbach was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in a 1996 special election and has been re-elected in 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2016.
She grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota and attended Woodbury High School. After graduation, she attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph for two years before transferring to St. Cloud State University, where she graduated in 1989 with a B.A. in political science and economics. In 2011, fulfilling a lifelong dream to become a lawyer, Fischbach graduated with a J.D. from William Mitchell School of Law in Saint Paul.
During her tenure in the Senate, Fischbach has served as an assistant minority leader, a deputy minority leader, and chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee. In 2011, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as the state’s first female president of the senate, holding the post from January 2011 through January 2013, and again in 2017. Fischbach has become known for her fair leadership style and willingness to engage on a broad spectrum of issues. She has also become known for her passion on issues such as higher education and human services.
Most importantly, Fischbach is known for her fierce advocacy on behalf of her constituents. She notes the passage of her legislation to dedicate a portion of Highway 23 after fallen Cold Spring Officer Tommy Decker and the passage of her legislation to rename a portion of Highway 23 through Paynesville after Medal of Honor recipient Kenneth L. Olson as two of her proudest legislative accomplishments.
Fischbach and her husband, Scott, have made their home in Paynesville for nearly 30 years. They have two grown children and several grandchildren.
- Chair, Higher Education Finance and Policy
- Vice Chair, Finance
- Health and Human Services Finance and Policy
- Rules and Administration