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Sams, Dallas C.

Senate 1991-92 (District 12); Senate 1993-2006 (District 11)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Becker, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Wadena

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/30/1952 Date of Death: 3/5/2007
Birth Place:  Birth County:  Birth Country:
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Protestant
City of Residence (when first elected):  Staples

Occupation (when first elected):  Farmer/Farm Business Management Instructor

EDUCATION

Staples High School; Secondary;
Brainerd Community College; Junior College/Community College;
University of Minnesota; B.S.; Agricultural Education

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State AgencyMinnesota Department of Agriculture, Marketing Services Division (Contractor) 01/??/2007 to 03/05/2007

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Elaine (listed when first elected, no longer listed in 1997); Mary Beth Davidson (listed in 1999)
Children: Five children: Seth, Stacia, Jordan, Mitchell and Michael
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: agriculture, health care, education, transportation.

He died, from brain cancer, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. His funeral was held at the gymnasium of Staples High School in Minnesota.

Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.


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Map of Staples
Staples, MN
Total Days Served: 5839

SESSIONS SERVED

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/2002 Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
District: 11 Residence: Staples
Counties Represented: Douglas, Grant, Stevens, Todd
Occupation: Dairy Farmer/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming
Capital Investment
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Liquor
Commerce Subcommittee: No Fault Insurance
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Budget Division (Chair)
Rules and Administration

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/2002 Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
District: 11 Residence: Staples
Counties Represented: Douglas, Grant, Stevens, Todd
Occupation: Farmer/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2003 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
Agriculture, General Legislation and Veterans Affairs-2003/Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming-2004
Commerce and Utilities-2003/Commerce-2004
Commerce and Utilities-2003/Commerce-2004 Subcommittee: Telecommunications and Technology
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Budget Division (Chair)
Jobs, Housing and Community Development-2003/Jobs, Energy and Community Development-2004
Rules and Administration
Session Notes: He was a member of the Jobs, Housing and Community Development Committee in 2003 only.

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/2000 Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
District: 11 Residence: Staples
Counties Represented: Becker, Douglas, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Farmer/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
   2002 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
Agriculture, General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health, Human Services and Corrections Budget Division
Health and Family Security (Chair)
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Elections
Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1996 Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
District: 11 Residence: Staples
Counties Represented: Becker, Douglas, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Farmer/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Agriculture and Rural Development (Chair)
Election Laws
Health and Family Security
Health and Family Security/Human Resources Finance Subcommittee: Health and Family Security Budget Division
Transportation
Transportation/State Government Finance Subcommittee: Transportation Budget Division

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1996 Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
District: 11 Residence: Staples
Counties Represented: Becker, Douglas, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Farmer/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Agriculture and Rural Development (Chair)
Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee: Joint House/Senate Special Select Subcommittee on Agricultural Education (Chair)
Election Laws
Health and Family Security
Health and Family Security/Human Resources Finance Subcommittee: Health and Family Security Budget Division
Human Resources Finance
Transportation
Transportation/State Government Finance Subcommittee: Transportation Budget Division

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1992 Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
District: 11 Residence: Staples
Counties Represented: Becker, Douglas, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Farmer/Farm Business Management Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Agriculture and Rural Development
Ethics and Campaign Reform
Health Care
Health Care Subcommittee: Health Care and Family Services Finance Division
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Property Tax

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1992 Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
District: 11 Residence: Staples
Counties Represented: Becker, Douglas, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Farmer/Farm Business Management Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Agriculture and Rural Development
Governmental Operations and Reform
Governmental Operations and Reform Subcommittee: Reform and Innovation
Health Care
Health Care Subcommittee: Health Care and Family Services Finance Division
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Property Tax

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/1990 Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
District: 12 Residence: Staples
Counties Represented: Douglas, Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Farmer/Farm Business Management Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Agriculture and Rural Development
Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee: Joint Agriculture and Rural Development/Environment and Natural Resources Ad Hoc
Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee: Rural Development
Economic Development and Housing
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Health Care Access Division
Veterans and General Legislation

Articles & Books About
DeFiebre, Conrad. "Ex-Sen. Dallas Sams, Champion of Agriculture; News Obituaries." Star Tribune, March 6, 2007, p. B6.

Lien, Dennis. "Dallas Sams, 54, 'Beloved' Senator (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 6, 2007.




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