Jeff Wilfahrt has lived in Rosemount for the past 28 years. He and his wife, Lori, met while in high school in New Ulm, Minnesota and have been married for 34 years.
In the years following their marriage, Jeff and Lori raised three children who all graduated from Rosemount High School. Their daughter is attending graduate school at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Their younger son attends graduate school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
Jeff and Lori’s eldest son CPL Andrew Wilfahrt served his country in the United States Army 728th MP Battalion stationed at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, HI. On February 27th, 2011, Andrew gave his life in Kandahar, Afghanistan. A 120 mm mortar round IED exploded while his unit was on foot patrol. He was posthumously promoted to Corporal.
Andrew was known to be gay among his MP Company prior to his death. No one cared. As such he is believed to be the first gay solder to die in combat since the signing of the end of DADT in December of 2010.
Jeff earned a degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota at Morris. He spent 15 years working for 3M and has been largely self-employed since 1992 working as a contractor in software engineering. Lori is employed at 3M as a Marketing Communications Manager.
Jeff enters the race for the Minnesota House of Representatives with a deep commitment to preserving equality for all and rebuilding our state economy to ensure everyone has the same opportunity to lead a dignified and full life.