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politician , member of the Minnesota House of Representatives , Minnesota Secretary of State

Joan Anderson Growe is a former Secretary of State of Minnesota, serving from 1975 to 1999.


Growe, Joan Anderson was born on September 28, 1935 in Minneapolis. Daughter of Lucille M. (Brown) Johnson.


Bachelor of Science, St. Cloud State University, 1956;certified in special education, University of Minnesota, 1964;executive management program State and local government, Harvard University, 1979.


Known for her work to encourage voter participation, her tenure was one of the longest of any secretary of state in Minnesota's history. In 1984, she unsuccessfully challenged Republican U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz, losing the election with 41% of the vote. While in the House, she served on the Crime Prevention and Corrections, the Education, the Judiciary, and the Metropolitan and Urban Affairs committees.

As a state legislator, Growe supported the Minnesota same-day voter registration law (the first in the country) and later, as Secretary of State, worked to implement it. Since then, Minnesota has consistently had the highest voter turnout in the United States. Growe is widely recognized as an expert on voting and elections, and has been selected to serve as an official election observer in various foreign elections.

She is also on the advisory committee for the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Files documenting the activities of Joan Anderson Growe as Minnesota Secretary of State are available for research use. They include general and chronological correspondence, telephone logs, appearances, subject files, voter education and elections files, and State Board of Investment files.


Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, Democratic Party.


Member Women Executives in State Government, Women's Political Caucus, Minnesota Women's Economics Roundtable. Candidate United States Senate, 1984. Board directors Jefferson Center for New Democratic Processes (Citizens Jury), Minnesota International Center.

Member community advisory board Metro Cable Network. Commission member Center for Policy Alternatives Women's Voices for the Economy, National Common for the Renewal of America Democracy (Project Democracy). Board directors National Democratic Institute forInternat.

Affairs; member of advisory board Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. Member National Association Sections of State (president 1979-1980), International Womens Forum.


Children: Michael, Colleen, David, Patrick.

Lucille M. (Brown) Johnson Growe

Michael Growe

Colleen Growe

David Growe

Patrick Growe