SSM Alum and Board Member Wins Race for Minnesota State Representative

November 04, 2020


After historic voter turnout and one of the most intense and in some cases still undecided election nights we’ve ever seen, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School alum Esther Agbaje ’03, a member of our Board of Trustees, has won her campaign to represent House District 59B in the Minnesota state legislature.

As the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants­­—an Episcopal priest and a librarian who also worked in homeless services—Esther knew from a young age that she wanted to work in a profession where she could help others. And, according to the Sahan Journal, while her family has moved around a lot, Esther has always considered Minnesota home.

After graduating from SSM, Esther received her degree in law from Harvard University and a master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania. She is now the first Nigerian American to serve in the Minnesota legislature, and one of only a few black women in the history of the Minnesota statehouse.

As the results trickled in and the race was called, Esther said, “I am honored to have earned the support and trust of my neighbors to serve as their representative for Minnesota House District 59B. From North Minneapolis to North Loop, Elliot Park to Bryn Mawr, I will work hard every day to represent this entire district with empathy, compassion, and pride. Thank you for believing in me and a new generation of leadership for Minneapolis. I’m ready to get to work!”

For a more comprehensive profile of Esther and her campaign, visit the The Appeal. We are extremely proud of our alum for her commitment to public service and grateful for all the work Esther does on the Board of Trustees to better our School.