Heather was born and raised in a small town in central Minnesota, not unlike her current home of Vadnais Heights; a community where people take care of each other, celebrate together, and grieve together. As the daughter of a preschool teacher and business manager, and the granddaughter of a Navy vet and Iowa farmer, Heather grew up on the stories of people who worked hard and sacrificed to provide for their families and communities.
After graduation, Heather started college at Minnesota State University Moorhead and majored in Mass Communication. It was while she was in college that she started her 14 year career in radio broadcasting. Later, she went back to school and earned her teaching license and a master’s degree in Education.
Most of Heather’s teaching career was spent at Centennial High School in Circle Pines where her family would join her for community events and volunteering. Up until the legislative session began in 2023, Heather continued teaching high school history and brought that experience with her as vice chair of the Senate Education Finance Committee.
Heather is a proud mom of four, wife, and volunteer. In the end, she's really just a small town Minnesota kid who wants to chat with everyone and find a way to help.
How can I help?
Senator Gustafson serves as Vice Chair of the Education Finance Committee. She also serves on Agriculture and Rural Development, Jobs and Economic Development, State and Local Government and Veterans Committees. If you or your family need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out.