Senator Terri Bonoff represents Senate District 44, which includes northern parts of Minnetonka, much of Plymouth, and Woodland. She began her legislative career by winning the Senate seat in a special election on November 22, 2005. In the short 2006 Legislative Session, Sen. Bonoff was able to pass some important bills that funded early education and reformed education reporting practices. She took a leadership role in the area of early education, joining a bipartisan, bicameral caucus of legislators who met regularly to discuss and promote early education policy and later served as Vice Chair of the E-12 Budget Division.
In November 2012, Sen. Bonoff won re-election to the Minnesota Senate for the third time. She serves as Chair of the Higher Education/Workforce Development committee; Jobs, Agriculture, and Rural Development; the E-12 Budget Division; and the Legacy subcommittee. Her special legislative interests include education policy and finance reform, state government redesign, and business and commerce issues.
A graduate of Clark University, Worcester, MA, and a former marketing executive at Navarre Corporation, Sen. Bonoff chose to leave her career to care for her family of four children. After 18 years in business, she retired to be with her four teenage children, a growing trend among business executives.
Prior to joining the Senate, she served as a Minnetonka Planning Commissioner, was President of Babe Ruth Baseball, a guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and served on other local boards.