Roseville Rep. Becker-Finn calls out sexism and harassment at Capitol

Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn

Sen. Dan Schoen

A day after a story was published accusing state Sen. Dan Schoen of sexually harassing women, Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, DFL-Roseville, issued a statement saying Schoen isn’t the only man in the Legislature who has treated women inappropriately.

MinnPost reported Nov. 8 that Schoen, a first-term DFL senator from St. Paul Park, who served two terms in the house, had been accused of making “persistent and unwanted invitations to meet [women,]” and “physically grabbing a woman from behind.”

One woman accused him of sending her a photo of male genitalia over Snapchat, MinnPost reported.

Schoen’s named accusers are Lindsey Port, a small business owner who was a 2015 DFL legislative candidate, and Rep. Erin Maye Quade, DFL-Apple Valley, according to MinnPost. Both said their encounters with Schoen happened in 2015.

In her statement, Becker-Finn said for too long women have had to avoid men like Schoen in their workplaces, and that it’s time for the problem of women being sexually harassed to be addressed by everyone — including those in the Minnesota Legislature.

“My hope is that as the truth comes to light, others will feel empowered to step forward so we can meaningfully work towards true change at our State Capitol,” Becker-Finn, who is serving her first term, said. 

“When Lindsey Port and Rep. Erin Maye Quade told me they were ready to tell their stories publicly, there was no question that I would stand with them and speak to what I know about the culture in Minnesota politics and what I know about the pattern of Sen. Schoen’s behavior,” she said. “I commend Lindsey and Erin for their courage.”

Becker-Finn is an assistant Hennepin County attorney at the Domestic Abuse Service Center and works with victims of domestic abuse and law enforcement. She said it’s important to recognize that women are disproportionately impacted by sexual harassment and violence.

She joined others, including DFL Senate Minority Leader Tim Bakk and DFL party chair Ken Martin, in calling for Schoen’s resignation.

Becker-Finn represents House District 42B, which includes Gem Lake, Little Canada and Vadnais Heights, along with parts of Roseville and Shoreview.

—Mike Munzenrider

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