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Mae Schunk

Mae Schunk
45th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 4, 1999 – January 6, 2003
Governor Jesse Ventura
Preceded by Joanne Benson
Succeeded by Carol Molnau
Personal details
Born (1934-05-21) May 21, 1934
Greenwood, Wisconsin
Political party Reform/Independence
Spouse(s) William Schunk
Profession Teacher

Mae A. Schunk (née Gasparac) (born May 21, 1934, Greenwood, Wisconsin) served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. Elected on the same ticket as Jesse Ventura in 1998, she became the first Reform Party member elected as lieutenant governor of any state (The party later changed its name to the Independence Party of Minnesota).

Prior to her tenure as lieutenant governor, she was a teacher for 37 years. In his memoir, Ventura mentioned that he chose her to "balance out all the testosterone." During her term in office, she visited schools throughout the state and frequently read to students as part of her efforts to encourage literacy and appreciation for reading among young people.

In the 2000 presidential campaign, as polls showed Texas Governor Al Gore tied in Minnesota within 2 weeks of Election Day, Schunk endorsed Gore at a rally held on Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis while Ventura committed himself to a third-party candidate, John Hagelin.

In an interview with CNN, Ventura commented that Schunk had asked him before making the endorsement, and he consented to her decision.[1]

Born to Croatian parents, Schunk lives with her husband of 42 years, William Schunk in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; they have a son, Benjamin Schunk. Schunk was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.[2]

Electoral history


  1. ^ CNN Transcript – Special Event: Countdown To Election 2000: 7 Days To Go – October 31, 2000
  2. ^

External links

  • Minnesota Historical Society
Political offices
Preceded by
Joanne Benson
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Carol Molnau

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