Discover Meet Mary

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The Mary Giuliani Stephens story begins in 1914 when Mary’s grandfather, Evaristo, “Nonno” Giuliani emigrated from the small Italian town of Poggio Moiano to Ellis Island, New York. Nonno soon moved to Pennsylvania, began work in the coal mines, and married three years later. From there, he opened his own grocery store, and became a father.

Mary’s Dad, Emilio, was one of six children born to Evaristo and Angelina. Like many of the “Greatest Generation,” Emilio served in World War II, came home, married, and started a family.

Emilio and his wife, Georgene Giuliani married in 1953, and Mary, born on April 23, 1955 was the second of six children. Emilio and Georgene have been married 64 years, and still compliment and bring out the best in each other.

As a very young girl, Mary and her family moved to Rochester, Minnesota when Emilio began his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Growing up in a Christian home and raised by her parents to value hard work, honesty and a strong family bond, Mary worked summer jobs throughout high school. She also volunteered at St. Mary’s hospital as a “candy striper,” serving meals and visiting with patients in the hospital.

While attending Mayo High School, Mary joined the Law Explorers Post, a program where judges and lawyers spent time with students interested in a law career. It was through their mentoring that Mary decided to become a lawyer.

After high school, Mary attended the University of Michigan. During college and during the summer Mary worked a variety of jobs; waitressing, as a newspaper carrier, babysitting, and as a security officer at Dayton’s in Rochester. She also worked as a laborer painting steam pipes on an Air Force base.

She received a B.A. degree with distinction, and came back home to attend William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, where she graduated cum laude. She worked during the day to pay for school, and attended classes at night, while still finding time to be active in the Student Bar Association and as a member of the Law Review.

Following graduation, Mary went to work for Moore, Costello & Hart, and soon became a partner in the firm, where she practiced primarily in the area of construction litigation.

During this time, she met Greg Stephens, also an attorney, and the couple married in 1984. One year later, they moved to Woodbury, then a small community of 10,000, where they settled down, became more active in their faith and started a family, with Jane born in 1985, and David in 1988.

Mary continued to practice law until 1993, and became active in the community, at her children’s school, in youth sports, on the Woodbury Soccer Board, and at church, where she taught AWANA classes. She also worked part-time as an arbitrator and mediator. Mary continues to hold her law license, though not currently practicing, and is admitted to practice before the Minnesota State Bar; U.S District Court, District of MN; US Circuit Court and US Tax Court.

Mary is also a graduate and former board member of the Minnesota Excellence in Public Service Series, a national leadership program that equips female leaders to serve in politics and government.

In 2006, Mary won a seat on the Woodbury City Council, and in 2010, was elected Mayor. She is serving her second 4-year term, and ran unopposed in her last election. She is active in the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and at Eagle Brook Church. Her hobbies include boating, skiing, spoiling her grandchildren, and family reunions spent each summer at resorts in Minnesota’s lake country.

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The Mary Giuliani Stephens story begins in 1914 when Mary’s grandfather, Evaristo, “Nonno” Giuliani emigrated from the small Italian town of Poggio Moiano to Ellis Island, New York. Nonno soon moved to Pennsylvania, began work in the coal mines, and married three years later. From there, he opened his own grocery store, and became a father.

Mary’s Dad, Emilio, was one of six children born to Evaristo and Angelina. Like many of the “Greatest Generation,” Emilio served in World War II, came home, married, and started a family.

Emilio and his wife, Georgene Giuliani married in 1953, and Mary, born on April 23, 1955 was the second of six children. Emilio and Georgene have been married 64 years, and still compliment and bring out the best in each other.

As a very young girl, Mary and her family moved to Rochester, Minnesota when Emilio began his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Growing up in a Christian home and raised by her parents to value hard work, honesty and a strong family bond, Mary worked summer jobs throughout high school. She also volunteered at St. Mary’s hospital as a “candy striper,” serving meals and visiting with patients in the hospital.

While attending Mayo High School, Mary joined the Law Explorers Post, a program where judges and lawyers spent time with students interested in a law career. It was through their mentoring that Mary decided to become a lawyer.

After high school, Mary attended the University of Michigan. During college and during the summer Mary worked a variety of jobs; waitressing, as a newspaper carrier, babysitting, and as a security officer at Dayton’s in Rochester. She also worked as a laborer painting steam pipes on an Air Force base.

She received a B.A. degree with distinction, and came back home to attend William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, where she graduated cum laude. She worked during the day to pay for school, and attended classes at night, while still finding time to be active in the Student Bar Association and as a member of the Law Review.

Following graduation, Mary went to work for Moore, Costello & Hart, and soon became a partner in the firm, where she practiced primarily in the area of construction litigation.

During this time, she met Greg Stephens, also an attorney, and the couple married in 1984. One year later, they moved to Woodbury, then a small community of 10,000, where they settled down, became more active in their faith and started a family, with Jane born in 1985, and David in 1988.

Mary continued to practice law until 1993, and became active in the community, at her children’s school, in youth sports, on the Woodbury Soccer Board, and at church, where she taught AWANA classes. She also worked part-time as an arbitrator and mediator. Mary continues to hold her law license, though not currently practicing, and is admitted to practice before the Minnesota State Bar; U.S District Court, District of MN; US Circuit Court and US Tax Court.

Mary is also a graduate and former board member of the Minnesota Excellence in Public Service Series, a national leadership program that equips female leaders to serve in politics and government.

In 2006, Mary won a seat on the Woodbury City Council, and in 2010, was elected Mayor. She is serving her second 4-year term, and ran unopposed in her last election. She is active in the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and at Eagle Brook Church. Her hobbies include boating, skiing, spoiling her grandchildren, and family reunions spent each summer at resorts in Minnesota’s lake country.

Discover Meet Jeff

A lifelong resident of Western Minnesota, Jeff grew up in Browns Valley with his parents and identical twin brother, Jay. During high school, they started their own lawn business. They also worked with their father in his independent mechanic business as well as working with area farmers. The money saved was used to help pay for college.

In 1990, Jeff and his twin brother started their business, BW Inc., in Browns Valley. Like most small businesses in greater Minnesota, they experienced both good years and challenging years. Through it all, they worked hard to provide good products at fair prices and treat their employees like family. Jeff is proud to say they succeeded.

In 1991, Jeff graduated from St. Cloud State University with two degrees, Chemistry and Public Administration. Since 1995, he has served as a volunteer EMT for the Browns Valley Ambulance. For the last 16 years, Jeff taught Christian education to fifth and sixth graders at Zion Lutheran Church in Browns Valley, where he is an active member.

In 2000, Jeff was elected to the City Council serving in that capacity until 2004 when he was elected as Mayor, and served three terms. During that time, he found ways to keep taxes down, combine services and worked extremely hard to cut costs. He also successfully started the Westside Floodway Diversion project. This flood relief project serves South Dakota and Minnesota and protects the citizens of Browns Valley from future flooding.

Jeff has also served as a member of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, Browns Valley Lions Club and Browns Valley School District 801.

Jeff defeated a DFL incumbent to win election in 2014, and won re-election in 2016 against the same opponent by a 21 point margin.

Jeff is Vice-Chair of the Agriculture Policy Committee, and also serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance and Health and Human Services Finance Committees. He is co-chair of the House and Senate Republican Rural Caucus.

Jeff would describe himself as a commonsense conservative. He believes in efficient and effective government that spends money wisely on important state priorities. However, it must also be held in check to ensure personal responsibility and to protect individual liberties. Jeff is pro-life and a strong supporter of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Jeff has been married 24 years to Judy, and they have one daughter, Brittany, age 21.