Melissa Hortman, J.D., is the new DFL Speaker of the House in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and has represented a part of Minneapolis’s northwest suburbs since 2004. Representative Hortman chaired the House Energy Committee from 2013-14 and chief-authored legislation that created Minnesota’s solar energy standard. She holds a B.A. from Boston University, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.