Judy Lee was born in California, grew up near Grafton, ND, and graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. After she and Duane Lee were married, they lived in Wahpeton, ND, for 10 years where she worked in the local hospital and clinics

After her family’s move to West Fargo, Judy began her 34-year career in the real estate business and continued to be involved in the community, including serving for 12 years on the West Fargo Planning and Zoning Commission. In 1994 she was elected to the ND Senate representing District 13, part of West Fargo. She has served on the Senate Human Services committee since 1995 and as chair since 2001. Judy also has been on the Political Subdivisions and the Government and Veterans Affairs committees. She was elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 2007 and served as chair of the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures in 2009.

Judy has served on the boards of the United Way of Cass-Clay, F-M Symphony, Hospice of the Red River Valley, West Fargo and Fargo-Moorhead Chambers of Commerce, and others. She has been honored by
the ND Nurse Practitioners, ND State Bar Association, ND Medical Association, Dakota Medical
Foundation, ND Association of Realtors, ND Public Health Association, and ND Township Officers Association, among others.

Judy and her late husband Duane have two children, Jon and Maren. Jon and his wife Billie Jean live in Plano, Texas, where both are educators. Maren, her husband Joe Matal, and their 3 children, John, Elizabeth, and Margaret, live in Bethesda, MD, where Maren and Joe are attorneys.