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Chmielewski, Sr., Florian W.

Senate 1971-72 (District 25); Senate 1973-92 (District 14); Senate 1993-96 (District 8)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, St. Louis

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 2/10/1927 Date of Death: 
Birth Place:  Birth County:  Birth Country:
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Catholic
City of Residence (when first elected):  Sturgeon Lake

Occupation (when first elected):  Manager; Chmielewski Brothers TV, Radio and Recording Orchestra

EDUCATION

Willow River High School; Secondary; Honor Graduate, 1945
University of Minnesota, School of Agriculture; Attended College; Extension, 3 years
Fort Benning, Georgia; Postsecondary; Honor Graduate, 6 month Business Course
LaSalle Law Extension University; Attended Law School; 2 years

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota Indian Affairs Intertribal Board (Senate Appointee)Appointed??/??/19?? to ??/??/19??
MilitaryUnited States Air Force (Korean War) ??/??/1950 to ??/??/1954
County Board/CommissionerPine County, Minnesota (County Commissioner) ??/??/1960 to ??/??/1970

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Patricia "Pat" Stolquist (married on September 15, 1956; she died on September 16, 2003)
Children: Four children: Patty, Florian Jr., Jeffry "Jeff", and Mark
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: employment, health care, housing, veterans.

He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

Religion provided by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975.


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Map of Sturgeon Lake
Sturgeon Lake, MN
Total Days Served: 9499

SESSIONS SERVED

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: 08 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Carlton, Pine, St. Louis
Occupation: Television Network President/Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Jobs, Energy and Community Development
Jobs, Energy and Community Development Subcommittee: Employment
Jobs, Energy and Community Development Subcommittee: Jobs, Energy and Community Development Finance Division
Rules and Administration
Transportation and Public Transit (Chair)
Transportation and Public Transit Subcommittee: Transportation and Public Transit Finance Division
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore
Leadership Notes: He served as President Pro Tempore until January 16, 1996.

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1992 Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
District: 08 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Carlton, Pine, St. Louis
Occupation: Television Network President/Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Jobs, Energy and Community Development
Jobs, Energy and Community Development Subcommittee: Employment
Jobs, Energy and Community Development Subcommittee: Jobs, Energy and Community Development Finance Division
Rules and Administration
Transportation and Public Transit (Chair)
Transportation and Public Transit Subcommittee: Transportation and Public Transit Finance Division
Veterans and General Legislation
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/1990 Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Carlton, Kanabec, Pine
Occupation: Television Network President/Farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Employment (Chair)
Local Government
Rules and Administration
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Property Taxes and Local Government Aids Division
Transportation
Transportation Subcommittee: Public Transportation
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore

76th Legislative Session (1989-1990) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1986 Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/7/1991
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Carlton, Kanabec, Pine
Occupation: Television Network President
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Employment (Chair)
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Welfare Reform
Rules and Administration
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Income Tax Division
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore

75th Legislative Session (1987-1988)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1986 Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/7/1991
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Carlton, Kanabec, Pine
Occupation: Farmer/President, Chmielewski Brothers Orchestra and Television Network
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Employment (Chair)
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Welfare Reform Division
Rules and Administration
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Income Tax
Leadership Position: President of the Senate
Leadership Notes: He served as President of the Senate during the 1987 Extra Session because Jerome M. Hughes was absent.

74th Legislative Session (1985-1986) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1982 Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/5/1987
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Carlton, Kanabec, Pine
Occupation: President, Chmielewski Television Network
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Employment (Chair)
Employment Subcommittee: Workers Compensation: Medical Monitoring
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: State Institutions
Rules and Administration
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Economic Development
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Income Tax
Veterans and General Legislation

73rd Legislative Session (1983-1984)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1982 Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/5/1987
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Carlton, Kanabec, Pine
Occupation: President, Chmielewski Television Network
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Employment (Chair)
Employment Subcommittee: Workers' Compensation
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: State Institutions
Rules and Administration
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Economic Development
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Income Tax
Veterans and General Legislation

72nd Legislative Session (1981-1982)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1980 Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Carlton, Chisago, Pine, St. Louis
Occupation: Farmer/President, Chmielewski Television Productionsand Chmielewski Brothers Orchestra and Television Network/Former Band Director, Willow River High School
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Employment (Chair)
Rules and Administration
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Natural Resources Tax
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Sales and Property Tax
Transportation
Transportation Subcommittee: General Policy
Veterans' Affairs

71st Legislative Session (1979-1980) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1976 Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/5/1981
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Carlton, Chisago, Pine, St. Louis
Occupation: Farmer/President, Chmielewski Television Network/Chmielewski Television Productions and Chmielewski Brothers Orchestra/Former Band Director, Willow River High School
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
General Legislation and Administrative Rules
General Legislation and Administrative Rules Subcommittee: General Legislation
Local Government
Rules and Administration
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Inheritance, Estates and Trusts
Transportation
Transportation Subcommittee: Highways and Bridges
Transportation Subcommittee: Rural and Commercial Transportation
Veterans' Affairs (Chair)

70th Legislative Session (1977-1978)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1976 Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/5/1981
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Carlton, Chisago, Pine, St. Louis
Occupation: President, Chmielewski Television Productions and Chmielewski Brothers Orchestra and Television Network/Farmer/Former Band Director, Willow River High School
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
Local Government
Taxes and Tax Laws
Transportation
Transportation Subcommittee: Highways and Bridges

69th Legislative Session (1975-1976) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/1972 Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/3/1977
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Carlton, Chisago, Pine, St. Louis
Occupation: Chmielewski Television Productions/Chmielewski Brothers Orchestra and Television Network
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
Local Government
Taxes and Tax Laws
Transportation and General Legislation
Transportation and General Legislation Subcommittee: Veterans Affairs and General Legislation (Chair)

68th Legislative Session (1973-1974)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/1972 Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/3/1977
District: 14 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Carlton, Chisago, Pine, St. Louis
Occupation: General Manager, Chmielewski Television Production and Chmielewski Brothers Orchestra
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
Local Government
Taxes and Tax Laws
Transportation and General Legislation
Transportation and General Legislation Subcommittee: Highways
Transportation and General Legislation Subcommittee: Joint Fuel Oil
Transportation and General Legislation Subcommittee: Veterans Affairs (Chair)

67th Legislative Session (1971-1972)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1970 Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
District: 25 Residence: Sturgeon Lake
Counties Represented: Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne
Occupation: Manager; Chmielewski Brothers TV, Radio and Recording Orchestra
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
Agriculture
Health and Welfare
Local Government
Public Highways

Photographs
Chmielewski Funtime Album Cover
Funtime, Chmielewski Bros. Play Dancing Favorites Album Cover
Funtime, The Swinging Senator Florian Chmielewski Album Cover
Spoonful of Sugar, Chmielewski Funtime Album Cover



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