A Secretary of State for all Minnesotans
The day he took office Steve Simon said he wanted to be a Secretary of State for all Minnesotans, and that’s exactly what he’s done. Steve knows he can’t do his job well just by sitting behind a desk in St. Paul, and that’s why he’s constantly traveling the state, sharing ideas about how to make our election system even better, listening to the concerns of small businesses, and trying to improve the lives of all Minnesota families.
Steve knows the best way to improve our democracy is to find common ground and work together. He successfully worked across the aisle with Republicans and Democrats to get good things done, like securing equal voting rights for all members of our National Guard, ensuring voters can get time off from work to vote in all regularly scheduled elections, and strengthening the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home program, which helps protect domestic abuse victims and others who fear for their safety. Moving forward, his top priorities are to strengthen the right to vote for all eligible Minnesotans, cut red tape for small businesses, and enhance protections for our most vulnerable.
Making a difference
Steve’s family taught him to work hard, look out for others, and try to be part of something bigger than himself. Those core values have stuck with him his entire life. After graduating from law school at the University of Minnesota, he went to work as an Assistant Attorney General of Minnesota, with a focus on consumer protection and education issues, and he later worked in private practice.
In 2004, Steve was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and earned a reputation as a hard worker and strong advocate. He served as Chair of the House Elections Committee and helped lead the fight against the harsh Voter ID amendment. Steve authored the groundbreaking “No-Excuses” Absentee Voting law, which allows Minnesotans to now vote from the comfort of their own home for any reason. He also authored the law that now allows online voter registration in Minnesota, and he has been an outspoken critic of special interest domination of our elections.
Steve’s commitment to the right to vote is largely driven by the experiences of his own family. His great grandparents fled Lithuania to America where they were free to vote for the leaders of their choice. And his father, an Army veteran, suffers from physical limitations that make it very difficult for him to travel to the polls on Election Day.
Steve’s Minnesota roots and values run deep, and they inspire his commitment to causes like voting rights.
His grandfather was born in Eveleth to Jewish immigrants who fled Lithuania – in part because they lacked the basic right to choose who governed them. They ran a dry goods store in Hill City before moving to St. Paul. His father Ron, an Army veteran whose health challenges make in-person voting difficult, is a retired sports attorney who represented Minnesota athletic greats such as Kent Hrbek, Paul Molitor, Neal Broten, and Kevin McHale. Steve’s grandfather, grandmother, father, and uncles all went to the University of Minnesota. And his mother, Marlen, was an immigrant from Austria; a vibrant entrepreneur and community volunteer who died much too young of cancer.
Steve lives in Hopkins with his wife Leia, whose family hails from southwestern Minnesota, along with their three-year-old daughter, Hannah, their two-year-old son, Noah, and their rescue dog.