“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams
Julianne Ortman is our award-winning Minnesota State Senator from the SouthWest Metro Area. She was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2012. Julianne became the first woman in Minnesota History to serve as Chair of the Senate Tax Committee, where she successfully led the effort to balance Minnesota’s $6 Billion deficit, without raising even $1 in new taxes. She also served as Deputy Majority Leader in 2012. Julianne’s started in public service in 2001-02 when she was elected by residents in Chanhassen to serve as Commissioner of the Carver County Board of Commissioners.
Ortman has significant experience as a spokesperson for the Senate Republican Caucus. While in office she has served on the Tax, Judiciary, State Government, Higher Education, Public Safety, Transportation, Economic Development and Rules Committees.
While Julianne Ortman has had success being a leader for Minnesota she ultimately loves being a wife and a mother. She has been married to her husband, Ray Ortman, for 24 years. Ray currently serves as Deacon and Business Administrator at St. Victoria Catholic Church. They have four children ages 15-22, daughter Ellie, and sons Raymond, William and Sam. The eldest, Raymond Ortman, is a Private First Class in the U.S. Army, is currently studying Chinese at the Defense Language Institute, and will train in Intelligence as a cryptologic linguist. Ellie and William currently attend College and work part-time. And Sam attends Chanhassen High School and is an avid football player.
Julianne knows that she could not be such a “rock” for the citizens of Minnesota without her “rock,” her husband Ray. She is thankful for such a wonderful husband and family that truly support her efforts for our great state. Julianne believes her children have become her very best political advisors; raising her children, and encouraging others to be actively engaged in our public discourse about the responsibilities of self-government has been one of the greatest rewards of service!
Julianne Ortman is a graduate of Minnetonka High School, and graduated Magna Cum Laude, from Macalester College with a B.A. in 1986. She went on to the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she graduated with a J.D. in 1989.
Since 2000, Senator Ortman has won 8 elections consecutively, and in 2012 she earned nearly 65% of the vote in SD 47. Her Elections Record includes:
Minnesota State Senate 2012 (Primary & General)
Minnesota State Senate 2006, 2010
Minnesota State Senate 2002 (Primary & General)
Carver County Board of Commissioners 2000 (Primary & General)
Julianne is also a trained and avid runner and has participated in and finished Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth six times.
Julianne is an experienced attorney, and began her practice in 1989. Julianne started her own law firm, Ortman & Associates in 1994, in the back of her home –so she could be at home with her 3 children, then all under 3! When she built the business sufficiently to support the entire family, Ray joined the firm as her Partner. Together, they successfully represented small and medium sized businesses for 12 years, including several very high profile and ground-breaking cases in state and federal court, and in the United States Supreme Court.
In 2006, they decided as a family, to support Ray’s call to serve in full-time ministry at St. Victoria Church. In 2007, Julianne joined the Command Staff at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Rich Stanek. Ortman served as Director of Finance where she managed an $85 million annual budget. In 2007, she successfully documented federal claims to FEMA and the Federal Highway Administration for expenses related to the Rescue & Recovery effort after the collapse of the 35W Bridge. From 2009-13 she has worked as Legal, Policy & Strategic Planning Advisor.
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