ABOUTLearn More About Jeanne Poppe, Minnesota State Representative - 27B
About House District 27B
Dodge, Freeborn, Mower
Adams, Austin, Brownsdale, Dexter, Elkton, Grand Meadow, Le Roy, Lyle, Mapleview, Myrtle, Racine, Rose Creek, Sargeant, Taopi, Waltham
Adams, Austin, Bennington, Clayton, Dexter, Frankford, Grand Meadow, Lansing, Le Roy, Lodi, London, Lyle, Marshall, Nevada, Pleasant Valley, Racine, Red Rock, Sargeant, Vernon, Waltham, Windom
Unified School Districts:
Austin, Blooming Prairie, Glenville-Emmons, Grand Meadow, Hayfield, Kasson-Mantorville, Kingsland, LeRoy-Ostrander, Lyle, Southland, Stewartville
Minnesota State Representative – 27B
mobile: (507) 438-7857
Jeanne Poppe is the fourth of five children born to Vincent and Marjorie Poppe of rural Houston, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm and attended Houston Public Schools graduating in 1975. Growing up among the scenic hills and rich farm fields of southeastern Minnesota she appreciates the small towns and agricultural areas she represents in District 27B.
Her parents instilled in her strong values to work hard, be a good neighbor and be involved in your community. Her dad was a lifelong farmer who as a farm kid from rural Houston County attended the residential “Ag” school at the University of MN, St Paul campus. Her mom was born and raised in Houston and was a graduate of Houston High School. Together they raised children, crops and animals. The most notable was their large flock of turkeys on which their business selling “Poppe Oven-Ready Turkeys” was enjoyed by many at Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. A devastating tornado on May 5, 1965 jolted the farm operation and led to some serious decisions about how to continue operating. Soon after they suspended the turkey operations and concentrated on raising other animals including feeder pigs and capons.
Jeanne had the good fortune of having civically engaged parents who knew that if work was going to be done, someone had to do it! And they stepped up and served.
Vince was a member of the church council and served as the council president and oversaw the building of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church. Just prior to his death in 1998 he was the chairman of the Stone Church steeple restoration project. He served as an officer with the Houston County Farm Bureau board and served over 40 years as a township officer for Houston Township. Marjorie was involved in the Music Boosters, the Ladies Aid of Cross of Christ Church, and for over 25 years worked as a certified nursing assistant and medication aid at Valley View Nursing Home. She passed away in 2015 at the age of 93.
Recognizing the importance of leadership and service, Jeanne has had a lifetime of taking on projects and serving in roles that help better her community. In High School she served as president of the Pep Club, was a class officer, and became a National Honor Society member in her senior year. She is proud of many awards she has earned in her lifetime beginning with the citizenship award she received in the 7th grade, the Principal’s Award given her as a graduating senior, the legislator of the year award from the MN Milk Producers in 2014, and the Honorary FFA award she earned in 2015.
Jeanne met her future husband Bob Vilt in Austin, MN his hometown. They married in 1984 and are the proud parents of three adult children, daughter Lydia, and sons Casey and Skyler. Jeanne has worked at Riverland Community College for over 20 years. Since 1999 she has been a counselor helping students navigate the world of higher education and helping them set goals for their future.
In 1994 Jeanne began her career in elective office when she was first elected to the Austin city council, 2nd Ward. She served for two terms (eight years). Throughout her tenure she had stints as chair of the Airport committee, the Finance and Personnel committee, and the Fire committee. As a member of the city council she also served on the Development Corporation of Austin board.
In 2004 Jeanne was first elected to the MN House of Representatives. Throughout her time in office she has been the chief author for bonding projects bringing millions of dollars to District 27B for flood mitigation and recreational trail extension. In 2012 the bonding bill passed and signed by Governor Dayton included a bill authored by Rep. Poppe providing $13.5 million for the Hormel Institute expansion. This was a highly regarded achievement and one that has already seen cancer research take a significant leap forward.
Jeanne recognizes the importance of sustaining strong and vital rural communities and schools. She strongly supports providing state assistance to improve our transportation infrastructure and for community water projects including drinking water and wastewater. She understands the need to have a balanced and fair tax system where small businesses, farmers, students, and seniors are not overly burdened. Jeanne is a proud graduate of a small, rural, public school system and advocates for continued support for all of our youth to have the same opportunities for education, which includes tried and true fundamentals along with access to advanced technology.