"For Minnesota"

About Jay Whiting


Jay was born near Excelsior, grew up in Minnetonka, and graduated from Eden Prairie High School. For the past 20  years, Jay has been fortunate to call Shakopee home and is where he and his wife Melissa have raised two boys. He and Melissa live in “historic lower town Shakopee”, in a house built in 1895. He has spent many hours renovating both his home and his 1941 Chevrolet truck, originally owned by the Jacob Ries Bottling Works (Rock Spring). In his spare time, Jay enjoys spending time with his family and in particular, his two grandchildren. He also spends a lot of time outdoors hunting, gardening and even has earned four State Fair blue ribbons, for jams and jellies. 


Current Community Leadership


  • Shakopee City Council, member

  • Chair of the Scott County Alliance for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE)

  • SCALE Regional Training Facility, board member

  • Liaison to the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission

  • Liaison Shakopee Diversity Alliance

  • Shakopee Derby Days, board member (past V. P.)

  • Loaves & fishes, team leader

  • Church congregations Isaiah Action Team

  • Scott County Agriculture Society, member

  • Shakopee Lions, member

Past Community Leadership

  • President Shakopee Economic Development Authority

  • Liaison to Shakopee School Board

  • Liaison Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau

  • Scott County Historical Society, board president

  • Church congregational board president.

  • Cable Access Corporation, chair

  • Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, chair

  • Shakopee Heritage Society, board president

  • Shakopee 150th Committee, chair

  • Former volunteer fire fighter



"My leadership style has been shaped over years of life experiences that have affected me in countless ways. I draw on these experiences as they are the source of strong individual values that I hold. Although there are times, in a leadership role, where one needs to consider an issue from various perspectives, there are also times when ones’ own experiences and passions need to be considered and expressed, so that a person can convey their position wholeheartedly. Too often, I believe this idea is lost in politics today. I intend to apply the critical lessons and experiences that life has taught me, as well as the ones you choose to share with me."


"My promise to you is that I will never infringe on any persons dignity and I will uphold and defend your rights and ensure that your voice is heard in St. Paul."

Prepared & Paid for by Jay Whiting for Minnesota, 520 Third Ave E., Shakopee, MN 55379