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About Phil Sterner

Phil has always been passionate about his love for Minnesota grown opportunities and solutions. That means a commitment to Minnesota’s families and businesses. 

Graduating from Apple Valley High School, Phil never ventured far from his roots. After attending the University of St. Thomas, Phil opened his own small business in Apple Valley providing insurance to families, organizations and companies. He has dedicated his life to ensuring his clients have the very best insurance protection and has been active in his community – seeking a friendly climate for businesses to grow. 

Phil served as a State Representative from 2009 until 2011 in House District 37B. In the legislature he was known for working across party lines to fight for smart opportunities to invest in Minnesota. Some of Phil’s central accomplishments include: bringing local jobs to Apple Valley through an expansion at the Minnesota Zoo, reducing bureaucratic red tape by passing the complete streets legislation and helping grow local businesses and saving taxpayer money by adopting a 5% asphalt standard for Minnesota roadways. 

Phil was a co-author of the ban on BPA in baby bottles and fought to end a backlog of pay for Minnesota’s veterans. 

The father of five children, Phil lives in Burnsville and serves on the board of the Minnesota Valley YMCA, Haiti Reconstruction International and has previously served as the Capital Campaign Chair for the Minnesota Valley Humane Society and as an Ambassador for the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce. In his free time, Phil also serves on the Yellow Ribbon of Rosemount/Apple Valley.

“Too many families are struggling— just trying to get by. As a lifelong insurance agent and small business owner—I will fight for you to actually get ahead. That is what middle class families deserve— great schools, good jobs and a decent retirement.” Phil Sterner


Minnesota’s future is only bright with a talented workforce. Phil will fight for investments from early childhood education up to job training and will work to reduce the financial burden of attending college.


Phil will prioritize growing our businesses: investing in Minnesota jobs, entrepreneurs and small businesses. A competitive tax code, equal pay for equal work and vocational and technical job training will help us lead the nation.


Fully funding education for our K-12 students at a state level would help reduce our local property taxes. Phil will fight for equal pay for equal work, sick days and refinancing of student loan debt the same way you can a mortgage.

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About the District

Senate District 56 spans two counties (Dakota and Scott) and all of the city of Savage and parts of Burnsville and Lakeville. It includes four school districts and the corresponding schools.

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools: Aspen Academy, Glendale Elementary, Prior Lake High, Redtail Ridge Elementary 

Burnsville-Eagan Savage Schools: Gideon Pond Elem, BES Transition Program, Cyprus Classical Academy, Eagle Ridge Middle, Early Education Program & Services, Edward Neill Elem, Gideon Pond Elem, Harriet Bishop Elem, Hidden Valley Elem, Joseph Nicollet Middle, Marion W. Savage Elem, St. John The Baptist, Vista View Elem, Sky Oaks Elem 

Rosemount-Apple-Eagan Schools: Berean Education Center, Cooperative ALC, Echo Park Elem, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Woodpark Montessori 

Lakeville Schools: Orchard Lake Elem, Southview Christian

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