Jane Krentz served in the Minnesota Senate for 10 years, (1993-2002). She was Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee for two years, and Chair of the Environment and Agriculture Budget Division for the two previous years. Krentz was a member of the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources for four years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) and as a Strategic Advisor for Conservation Minnesota.
During her time in the MN Senate, Krentz was recognized by numerous environmental and conservation groups for her work on preserving and enhancing our natural resources. She worked across party lines to successfully increase funding for natural resources and was particularly effective at developing coalitions between environmental groups and those devoted to hunting and fishing. Among the numerous recognitions she received include:
The 2001 John A. Rose Award presented by the Fish and Wildlife Legislative Alliance in recognition of her “outstanding work in public policy regarding Minnesota’s natural resource community.”
The 2001 Conservation Leadership Award from the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association
The 2002 Minnesota Ducks Unlimited Conservation Award for Elected Officials
In 2003, Jane became the first woman ever to receive the Outdoor News Person of the Year Award, a prestigious award from the major newspaper in Minnesota devoted to sportsmen and women.
During the 2000 session, Senator Krentz was instrumental in passing legislation that rededicated $25 million a year in lottery proceeds for natural resource purposes. The additional funds are distributed to the Game & Fish Fund, state parks and trails, regional and metropolitan parks and trails, local trail grants, and the state’s three zoos.
Jane graduated from Hamline University in 1974 with a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education, and completed her MEd in Special Education at the University of Minnesota. Jane currently serves as the Director of the McVay Youth Partnership at Hamline University, in St. Paul, MN. She has also worked part-time at the Guthrie Theater for over 44 years.
Jane has been active in NCEL since it’s second gathering and has served as the Regional Coordinator for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) since 2001. She is passionate about the opportunity to build relationships across state lines and party lines to promote stewardship of our natural resources.