Lieutenant Governor

Lt. Colonel Donna Bergstrom (USMC, Retired)

Donna is a Minnesotan through and through and has led a unique life marked by accomplishments and service to our country. She was born in 1963 to LeRoy and Carol (Lussier) Bergstrom, the fifth of seven children, Donna graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a BA in Political Science in 1985.

Despite being the fifth sibling, she was the first in her family to graduate from college, and did so on time. Donna joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve*, earning a commission through the Officer Candidate School. She went on to serve over 20 years as an Intelligence Officer handling some of our nation’s most sensitive secrets before retiring in 2010 at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.

Donna brings a broad and diverse background, with life experience that shows dedication and commitment to public service. She is a committed, small-government conservative who draws on her military and civilian careers to bring a unique perspective to the political process. She recently worked as a Guardian ad Litem in the 6th Judicial District for the State of Minnesota helping children who would otherwise not have a voice in court.

Currently, Donna is in the process of obtaining her Minnesota teaching license. She also holds a Master of Jurisprudence Degree from Loyola University-Chicago School of Law in Children’s Law and Policy. She is a member of the Red Lake Nation where her mother was born and raised and lives in Duluth with her husband and son.

* Military information and photos do not imply endorsement by the US Departments of the Navy or Defense