House 1979-82 (District 21A); Senate 1983-2002 (District 15); Senate 2003-2006 (District 13)
Party when first elected: Independent Republican
Chippewa, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Stearns, Yellow Medicine
Lanesboro High School; Secondary; Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; B.A.; Business AdministrationLuther Theological Seminary, St. Paul; M.Div.; Master of DivinityU.S. Army War College; M.S.S.; Strategic Studies, 2002
Single (when first elected); Avonelle (first listed in 1985, she died in 2005 while he was in office); Widower
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: criminal justice, business climate, agriculture, welfare reform, transportation, public education, rural economic development, telecommunications, taxes.He grew up on a farm.He served as Senate Minority Leader as an Independent Republican member and Senate Majority Leader as a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member. Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.
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