(born November 11, 1950) is a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota Senate who represents District 59, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, which is in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A Democrat, she was first elected to the Senate in 1996, and was re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2010. She served as a majority whip from 2001 to 2006. In the fall of 2011, she announced that she would not be seeking reelection after the current term ends in 2012. However, since Hennepin County District 2 Commissioner Mark Stenglein later announced that he is resigning in June, 2012, Higgins is now running for that position. On May 20, 2012, she was endorsed by the DFL party for the position.