Model Legislature

Model Legislature is a two day legislative program modeled after the Minnesota State Legislature. It is held for students in grades 6-12 on the Thursday and Friday before Thanksgiving at Winona State University.

Students select real bills to present during the two days. Students are members of the Senate, House of Representatives and can even be elected into the Governor's office. The WSU Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary students serve as committee administrators and advisors to the Senate, House of Representatives and Governor's office.


Model Legislature has been in existence for at least 50 years. For the last 30 years, WSU has hosted the activity and Winona Senior High School has produced the bill book.


Gene Pelowski serves as Model Legislature's Advisor. Representative Pelowski serves in the Minnesota State Legislature and teaches social studies at Winona Senior High School.

Winona State University's Outreach and Continuing Education and Technology Departments assist with the coordination of the program.


Financial incentive: Each participating school will receive an annual $1,000 stipend to be used for the purchase of technology, a stipend for the coordinating teacher and student transportation to Winona.

For more information, contact:

Gene Pelowski

Ann MacDonald