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August 7, 2020 18 min

Husniyah Dent Bradley was raised in South Minneapolis, in Minnesota House District 63B. She went to Minneapolis Public Schools - Standish Elementary School, Bancroft Elementary School, Folwell Junior High School, and North Community High School.

Husniyah graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1997.

She worked as an Analytical Chemist for several years before pursuing a graduate degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2004.

During law school, she interned with Minneapolis City Councilman Paul Zerby’s office, where she updated the rules for the Civilian Review Authority Board. She also interned at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.

After graduation, she worked for 14 years at Thomson Reuters.

Her political activity continued as she organized for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and worked at Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation.  

Today, she works at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Career and Professional Development.

In November 2019, when Representative Jean Wagenius announced her retirement, Husniyah decided to run for the seat in Minnesota House District 63B.

“I am running for office because I have experienced our state’s disparities firsthand,” Husniyah says. “I envision a state where everyone can be treated justly.

“I want to lend my voice to the policy that pertains to education, transportation, the environment, and criminal justice, among other issues. I will be a voice that brings the perspective of the community to legislation to make our state great for everyone.”

Husniyah is one of 40 Black women running for office in 2020. She is associated with Black Women Rising. The mission of Black Women Rising is to leverage Black Women’s organizing skills, leadership potential, and political power to influence and positively impact our community.

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