John J. Marty ’78

Alumni Achievement Award RecipientJohn J. Marty

In nearly 30 years of service as a Minnesota State Senator, John J. Marty ’78 has been a tireless advocate for governmental ethics, environmental protection, universal health care, and campaign finance reform.

He is currently serving his ninth term, having been first elected to office in 1986 and subsequently reelected eight times. During his senatorial tenure, Marty has co-chaired both the Legislative Commission on Ending Poverty and the Legislative Energy Commission. Marty currently chairs the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, and has previously served as chair of the Health and Housing, Judiciary, and Ethics & Campaign Reform Committees.

Marty is an outspoken advocate for health care reform and a clean environment. He is author of the proposed Minnesota Health Plan, which would cover all people for all of their medical needs, including dental care, mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Marty was also integral to the recent passage of major legislation to transition Minnesota’s economy from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Part of this law created the community solar program.

Marty continues to stay engaged with the St. Olaf community through his participation in such campus events as the St. Olaf Ethics Seminar and as a mentor to students who are interested in civic engagement and the political process.