My name is Peter Fischer, and I am once again running for reelection to the Minnesota State House of Representatives. All throughout my life I’ve always been connected to the Maplewood community. Growing up here in Maplewood and graduating from Hill-Murray High School, I soon attended Century Community College, called Lakewood at the time. There, I was active in the newspaper and student government, learning how to be an active citizen and help my community. During the 1979 Community College Faculty Strike, I was part of a group of students that occupied the State Capitol until the strike was settled, even sleeping there until there was a resolution.
I graduated from Lakewood with an Associate of Arts degree. I then transferred to St. Thomas and worked to receive my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. After graduating, I started a career in the Private Club industry working for various country clubs and properties for 35 years. I made a career change in 2007 to work in the non-profit sector with homeless youth in the Twin Cities. This work has been incredibly rewarding and has helped expand my perspective on the issues that our disadvantaged neighbors face.
On a more personal note, I have been married for 30 years to my wife Kristi, who is the love of my life. I have three incredible children, and I am proud of all they have accomplished. My daughter Emily is a probation officer, my daughter Hannah works as a Geotech engineer, and my son Peter is a paid-on-call Firefighter/Paramedic/EMT for White Bear Lake and a Fire Captain Paramedic in the Cottage Grove Fire Department.
Having served the area as State Representative since my election in 2012, I have seen the changes in the community and find myself honored to hear your stories and find ways to support you. I continue to do my best to be a true public servant and listen to the needs and concerns of those whom I represent. I hope during my time at the Capitol I have been able to show that I am willing to fight for my values, believing in the phrase that was best put by Senator Paul Wellstone, “We all do better when we all do better.” I’d like to thank you for your support so far, and together, we can build Minnesota into the state we know it can be.