Jean is running for reelection for a 17th term in the Minnesota State House. Jean grew up in Washington D.C., surrounded by the politics of change. She worked as a social worker in the Chicago projects and was an employee of the Peace Corps when it was first established. Jean and husband, Dwight, lived in Morocco where Jean learned her bargaining skills in the local markets. Upon moving to Minnesota, Jean become highly involved in DFL politics. She has focused much of her efforts on conserving Minnesota resources, especially safe drinking water and clean lakes. She also established the “No Perks Policy”--the first ban in Minnesota on legislators accepting gifts. Jean is currently the chair of the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee. She has received many awards from progressive and environmental groups, including organizations like Conservation Minnesota, the Children’s Defense Fund, and The North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.