Learn More About Deb Calvert, Candidate for Minnesota State Senate District 44


  • Ran own small businesses as music teacher
  • Founded a successful non-profit string music program

Public Servant:

  • Current Minnetonka Planning Commissioner
  • Former state scheduler for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar


  • Former PTO president for Perry County K-12 school in Indiana
  • Former president of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota (music teachers’ organization)
  • Former legislative liaison to the Hopkins Public Schools Legislative Action Coalition
  • Hopkins Wrestling Booster

Community Member:

  • Bet Shalom Congregation
  • League of Women Voters

About Senate District 44

Senate District 44 includes the cities of Minnetonka, Plymouth and Woodland. If you are a resident of Minnetonka, Plymouth or Woodland click here to verify your registration. If you are not registered, click here to register online for the 2016 election. Click here to find your polling location.

Click here to see a map of Senate District 44.

Deb Calvert

Candidate for Minnesota State Senate District 44
email: deb@debcalvert.org
mobile: 612-205-5399

\Deb Calvert was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where her mother was working as a social worker to put her father through graduate school. Her father started his career in academia at the University of Oregon and ended it in the auto industry in Michigan.  Her mother became a special education teacher and eventually became a clinical and school psychologist when Deb was in college.  Education was very important in her family.

Deb met her husband, Valdo, in Santa Barbara, California thirty years ago. She was working three jobs to put herself through U.C. Santa Barbara where she graduated as the “most outstanding senior in the field” and her husband was a wildland firefighter. They have been married 26 years and have two adult children.

To help make ends meet as the family followed her husband’s fire and emergency management career around the country, Deb taught violin in established programs and as the owner of her own home businesses in rural Indiana, rural Michigan, and Minnesota. Deb’s background in music and love of children also inspired Calvert to co-found the Cadillac String Association, a nonprofit which provides music instruction to an underserved community of 10,000 in Michigan. As an outgrowth of the success of the nonprofit, she and her partner were also asked to help develop a public school string music program. Both the nonprofit and the public school program are still going strong.

Attracted by the great schools and the wonderful quality of life, Deb and her family moved to Minnetonka thirteen years ago. She became active in her kids’ activities in the Hopkins School District. She volunteered on the Hopkins School District Legislative Action Coalition to advocate for public school funding and good policy at the state legislature. There, she worked alongside current State Representatives Yvonne Selcer and Cheryl Youakim and our retiring State Senator Terri Bonoff. She still volunteers at Hopkins wrestling tournaments even though her son graduated four years ago.

Deb worked as paid staff and as an unpaid volunteer on many federal, state, and local campaigns. Through this work, she’s not only helped many responsible, dedicated public servants win elections, she’s also had countless conversations with her neighbors and community as she knocked on doors, made phone calls, and attended forums.

For the past 4 years, Deb has worked at Mitchell Hamline School of Law supporting the president and dean and board of trustees and working as an annual fund specialist.  Prior to that, she worked in U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s state office as her state scheduler. She currently serves on the Minnetonka Planning Commission. Deb Calvert is a member of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka,  belongs to the League of Women Voters, and is the past president of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota, a statewide music teachers’ organization.

Thanks for your support —

We ran a smart, articulate, principled race that focused on the things that bring us together, not the things that drive us apart. We never went negative.

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Early Voting Is Easy

You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.

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Hopkins Public Schools LAC Education Forum – 9-20-2016

The Hopkins Public Schools LAC Forum was held on September 20th. While my opponent and I agreed on a number of issues, there were also clear differences.

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Keeping Minnesota Open for Business

There are two constitutionally mandated functions of state government – education and transportation. They are also the engines of our economy, so we must keep them strong.

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Deb Calvert knows our students are our future – Doobie Kurus

“Calvert has pledged to champion stable funding for public schools, and make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely on a 21st Century education.”

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Education – Question of the Week

I want to know what’s important to the voters of Plymouth, Woodland, and Minnetonka. This week, I want to know what are your priorities for education?

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Education – One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade

The success of our children is in our hands. It takes teachers, students, parents, administrators and politicians from both sides of the aisle, working in partnership, for the benefit of each child. Let’s work together for our children… our future.

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Do your research – Caitlin DeVos

“Like many of you, I’ve grown cynical of politicians who say they’ll reach across the aisle but then tow the party line when elected, so I did my research…”

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Deb Calvert Endorsed by Minnetonka Mayor Terry Schneider

I am excited to add Minnetonka Mayor Terry Schneider to my list of endorsements. Terry has been the Mayor of Minnetonka since 2009 and prior to that was an at-large council member for 17 years.

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The Company I Keep

I am humbled to have the support of so many of my personal heroes. As your next State Senator, I promise to take my work ethic, my good will, my passion for people and work with all my might to make you proud.

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Deb Calvert Files Her Candidacy for Minnesota State Senate District 44

“I am running because we need more people in government who have lived through and can relate to the issues facing real people.”

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Thank you for your endorsement

THANK YOU for your endorsement to run as the DFL candidate for State Senate for District 44! I’m so grateful for the vote of confidence.

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SD 44 Senate Endorsing Convention

The SD 44 Senate Endorsing Convention will convene on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Medina Ballroom, 500 MN Highway 55, Medina. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Convention starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Why I’m Running

I would be humbled to have your support and will work hard to find the creative solutions we need to move our state forward. I ask for your endorsement on May 19th to represent Minnetonka, Plymouth and Woodland at the state capitol.

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Press Release – April 28, 2016

“I am running because we need more people in government who have lived through and can relate to the issues facing real people.”

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Deb Calvert for State Senate Committee
3814 Baker Road
Minnetonka, MN 55305

email: deb@debcalvert.org
mobile: 612-205-5399