Senator Michelle Fischbach has served in the Minnesota Legislature since 1996. She is currently the President of the Senate and the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee chair. She also serves on the Finance, Health and Human Services Finance and Policy, and Rules and Administration Committees. She received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, and her bachelor's from St. Cloud State University and also studied at College of St. Benedict. She was previously appointed a MHEC commissioner in September 2011.