Notable Alumni in Public Service

John Brandl

John Brandl '59
Professor and dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota (1997-02); SJU distinguished professor of public policy; Minnesota state senator (1987-90), Minnesota state representative (1977-78, 1981-86)

Dave Durenberger

Dave Durenberger '55
Chair of the National Institute for Health Policy; senior U.S. senator from Minnesota (1978-95) and chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence; author

Mike Hennessy

Mike Hennessey '70
Eight-term sheriff of San Francisco, holding the elected position since 1979

Mark Kennedy 

Mark Kennedy '79
U.S. congressman from Minnesota (2001-07); former CFO Department 56, Federated Department Stores and Pillsbury

Neal Lawrence

Neal Lawrence, OSB SOT '60
American Diplomat to Japan; poet; recipient of Japan's "Order of the Rising Sun" Award

Eugene McCarthy

Eugene McCarthy '35
U.S. representative (1949-1959) and senator (1959-1971) from Minnesota and presidential candidate (1968, 1972, 1992); author and poet

Dennis McDonough

Denis McDonough '92
White House Chief of Staff

Rick Nolan

Rick Nolan '66
U.S. congressman from Minnesota (1975-81, 2013-present); Minnesota State Representative (1969-1970); past president, Minnesota World Trade Center

Roger Scherer

Roger Scherer '58
Three-time gubernatorial appointee to the Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council; Minnesota State Representative (1966-72); past chair Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce board of directors

Bob Shafer

Bob Shafer '54
Permanent observer of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the United Nations; former vice president, Pfizer

George Sinner

George Sinner '50
Governor of North Dakota (1985-92) and state legislator (1962-66); former member North Dakota State Board of Education; past president, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association.