Barb was elected to the MN House of Representatives in 2016 and currently serves on the Commerce, Jobs & Economic Development, Health and Human Services and Water Committees. She previously served on the Education Policy and Reform and Higher Education and Career Readiness committees.
Barb has a B.S. degree in International Studies – Economics and German from the University of St. Thomas. She has extensive experience working in business and with non-profits. Following a fourteen-year business career in telecommunications with McCaw Communications and AT&T, she transferred her management and leadership skills to the non-profit sector and served as Executive Director of SteppsUp, a strategic planning initiative to support local nonprofits and then as Director of Collective Impact Strategies with Every Hand Joined, an education initiative. Before her legislative role, Barb’s focus was on workforce and she initiated a project called “Red Wing WORKS” – a partnership between schools and manufacturers.
Haley has also been involved in a numerous community groups. In addition to years of school and church volunteering, she has served on the Board of Directors of the local YMCA, as a Board Member for WomenCents and ArtReach, a Community Board Member and Board Chair for Fairview Red Wing Health Services, and Chair of the St. Joseph School Board. Along with her husband, she founded the Haley’s Hope Charity Golf Tournament, which raised over $650,000 in net proceeds for Children’s Hospital.
Barb was born and raised in Red Wing, MN, in the district she now represents. She and her husband Tim have been married for 33 years and have two children.
Barb’s husband Tim is originally from Bloomington and works in healthcare. They met at St. Thomas University in St. Paul. They have a son, Joey, and daughter, Maria. The Haleys are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where both Tim and Barb have taught confirmation and Life Teen and Tim also serves on the finance committee.
Barb’s parents, Jan and the late John May, lived in Red Wing for 25 years where they raised Barb and her two sisters, Annette and Diane. They moved back to Red Wing to retire in 2005.
Barb’s father was a high school business teacher and coached wrestling and football, before leaving education to work in marketing for SB Foot Tannery. Barb’s mother, Jan, was also a business teacher in the Rural Banking and Agriculture Finance Program at S.E. Technical College when it first opened. Barb attributes her deep sense of community engagement and volunteerism to her parents.
Get in Touch with Barb
Barb’s campaign can be reached at Haley for House: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-301-8237.