Margaret Anderson Kelliher is the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, having been appointed to that position by Gov. Tim Walz in 2019. Previously, she was president and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) from 2010 to 2019. Prior to MHTA, Margaret served in the Minnesota Legislature for 12 years, including two terms as speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. As House speaker, she guided passage of a nation-leading renewable energy standard and built a broad coalition to enact Minnesota’s first comprehensive transportation funding bill in 20 years. She was the chief negotiator on behalf of the Minnesota House in Minnesota state budget negotiations.
Margaret has served on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) Board of Trustees. She chaired Governor Dayton’s Broadband Task Force, and has taught at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs since 2007. She also serves on the board of directors for the YWCA of Minneapolis, the Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Textile Center of Minneapolis.
Margaret earned a BA in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College. She earned her Master of Public Administration in 2006 from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a specialty in negotiation, budgeting, and leadership. Margaret and her husband live in Minneapolis; they have two adult children.