Robbie LaFleur is the Director of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. The Library provides Minnesota legislators and staff with comprehensive and timely information resources, and serves the Legislature and citizens with a deep and expanding collection about the Legislature and legislative issues over time. The Library is committed to ongoing and retrospective digital archiving of legislative and state government reports. Ms. LaFleur has been a part of the team of legislative staff from the House, Senate, and joint legislative agencies, which has coordinated the Minnesota Legislative Web Site since its inception in the early 1990s. She remembers the days when checking language in a bill meant walking to the Capitol to get a print copy, and a fax machine was considered cutting-edge. She frequently speaks to groups about how to research legislative information via the Legislative Web Site. Her undergraduate degree in Scandinavian Studies and graduate degree in Library Science are both from the University of Minnesota. In 2008 she was awarded the Peter S. Popovich Freedom of Information Award by the Minnesota Chapter of Professional Journalists for her long-term promotion of access to state documents and legislative information for the Legislature and citizens. She is a member of the Minnesota Library Association, and member of and past chair of the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Robbie LaFleur is invited each semester to speak to the new incoming cohort in Wy Spano's core class, The Political Process and Public Policy.