The son of a U.S. Air Force officer and combat pilot, Jack Considine was born on Forbes Air Force base in Topeka, Kansas and lived on three continents during his childhood. With a sociology degree from the University of Georgia, Jack moved to Mankato in 1980, where he met and married Kristine Madsen. The two have made their home and raised two children – John and Kourtney – in Mankato and now spoil 5 grandchildren.

Jack worked for six years at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter as a behavior analyst, receiving five commendations for his work. He left that job to work for the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s department, where for 21 years he worked as a jail program coordinator and counselor. Jack retired from the department in 2010.


Mankato and Eagle Lake can be proud of Jack Considine’s role in helping shape the greater Mankato area into a fantastic place to work, play and flourish. The Mankato area continues to grow as a center for business, education, jobs – and families – thanks largely to thoughtful and visionary city council members such as Jack. For the past 16 years he has encouraged and guided Mankato not only as a member of the city council but on numerous committees and task forces. From the Water Treatment Plant Task Force to Envision 2020 to the City Center Renaissance Committee and more, Jack has experience analyzing information, hammering out details, reaching consensus and elevating behind-the-scenes work into a better quality of life for area residents.

He volunteers. From VINE Faith in Action (a nonprofit care-giving agency for the elderly, disabled and others facing hardships) to coaching for the Mankato Association, Jack enjoys giving back to a community that has been good to him and his family.


A proud DFLer, Jack knows that good lawmaking – like the U.S. Constitution itself – comes about through consensus and it’s wise to seek compromise over stalemates when the common good is at stake.

“I think we need to look at a Southern Minnesota caucus rather than a Democrat or Republican caucus, Jack says. “We have a lot more in common with each other than we do the Twin Cities and suburbs.”

Jack is a staunch supporter of fellow democrat Gov. Mark Dayton and the progress the state has made on behalf of Minnesotans. Jack cites the state moving from a decade of frequent deficits to a $1.2 billion surplus.

“I don’t have a personal agenda,” Jack says. “I want to do what’s best for small business and working people in Mankato and Eagle Lake, while looking to the future for their children and grandchildren!”