Becky Lourey

51752 Oak Leaf Road, Kerrick, Minnesota 55756-9705
Phone: (218) 496-5528

Business Owner: Nemadji Research Corporation, Bruno, MN / Activist / Homemaker
Asbury College, KY; University of Minnesota
Minnesota State Senate, 1996-2006 (served 3 terms)
Minnesota House of Representatives, 1990-1996 (served 3 terms)

Ran for DFL endorsement for Governor in 2002 and 2006

Legislative Commission and Committee Experience

  • Chair, Health and Family Security
  • Health, Human Services and Corrections Budget Division
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Agriculture, General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
  • Commerce
  • Legislative Commission on the Economic Status of Women
  • EMS Regulatory Board, MN Senate Representative
  • Health and Human Services Committee of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments.
  • Health Committee of the National Conference of  State Legislatures Assembly on Federal Issues
  • Legislative Commission on Health Care Access
  • Indian Affairs Council
  • Member, IRRRB Board

Policy Development Experience

  • Minnesota Health Care Access Commission Commissioner
  • Minnesota Public Health Association Legislative Liaison; Co-Chair, Public Affairs
  • Rural Health Advisory Committee on Health Care Reform
  • Pine County Aids Task Force Member
  • Mother’s Camp, Mental Health Association Resource Person
  • East Central Solid Waste Commission Recycling Task Force Member
  • Member of the Northern Lights Tourism Alliance Septic Symposium
  • Neighborhood Association Organizer
  • Pine County Democratic Farmer-Labor Party Co-Chair, 1984-89
  • Minnesota Farmer’s Union Member, State Delegate

Work History

  • Business Owner, Nemadji Research Corporation
  • Farmer, Kerrick, MN, 8 years
  • Graphic Artist, Self-Employed
  • Instructor, Community Education Program, 6 years
  • Administrative Assistant, Northern Lakes Health Care Consortium, 1984-85

Volunteer Experience

  • Board Member, Family Pathways
  • Carlton County Guardian Ad Litem Program Child Advocate
  • Children’s Home Society of Minnesota Board of Directors
  • Pine County Developmental Achievement Center Board of Directors
  • Special Education Mainstream Project Volunteer
  • Pine County CARE Council
  • Minnesota Mental Health Association Conference Coordinator
  • Great Books Instructor
  • Parent-Teacher Association Secretary
  • Nursery School Organizer
  • Sunday School Teacher


  • Board member, Central Minnesota Workforce Investment Board (CMWIB) - Secretary
  • State Director, WILL/WAND
  • Greater MN Project Advisory Board, MinnPost
  • Honorary Board Member, Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Political Power Working Group, Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota - Women’s Foundation; Center on Women & Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs


Becky (born 9/24/1943) and her husband of 46 years, Gene (deceased-2008), are parents of 12 children, (three deceased). They built their family by both birth and adoption. They have 18 grandchildren.


  • Recipient of the Governor’s Marvelous Minnesota Woman Award, 1989
  • Received the prestigious B. Robert Lewis Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association
  • Recipient of Charlotte Striebel Long Distance Runner Award, National Organization of Women (NOW)
  • Recipient of the Lucy Hahn, Burbara Stuhler Political Courage Award
  • Voted one of the top five Senators in a reader's survey by the Legal Ledger
  • Recipient of the Congressional Award, "Angels in Adoption" 2001
  • Voted Page's Favorite Senator 2001, 2002
  • Minnesota Women’s Press, 2005, selected as one of the “most admired” persons in public service
  • Recipient of the Joan and Walter Mondale Award for Public Service, 2005
  • Best Politician by City Pages (Minneapolis/St.Paul) Best of 2007
  • Political Excellence Award, Women Candidate Development Coalition – 2008
  • Woman of Distinction, DFL Woman’s Hall of Fame - 2009