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Penny, Timothy Joseph "Tim"


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Map of New Richland
New Richland, MN

Senate 1977-82 (District 30)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Faribault, Freeborn, Martin, Steele, Waseca

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 11/19/1951 Date of Death: 
Birth Place: Albert Lea, Minnesota Birth County: Freeborn Birth Country: United States
Other Names: Tim
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  New Richland

Occupation (when first elected):  Job Developer Comprehensive Employment Training Center

EDUCATION

Kiester High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1969
Winona State University; B.A.; Political Science, With Honors, 1974
University of Minnesota, Department of Public Affairs; Attended Graduate School; Minneapolis Campus

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Governor StaffMinnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's Office ??/??/???? to ??/??/????
MilitaryUnited States Naval Reserve (Lieutenant Commander, 12 years) ??/??/19?? to ??/??/????
State Legislative StaffMinnesota House of Representatives (Intern) ??/??/1971 to ??/??/1971
State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota Governor's Commission on Crime Prevention and Control (Researcher) ??/??/1971 to ??/??/1971
State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota State University Board (Member) ??/??/1974 to ??/??/1977
State Legislative StaffMinnesota (Legislative Aide) ??/??/1975 to ??/??/1976
U.S. Representative1st Congressional District, MinnesotaElected01/03/1983 to 01/04/1995
State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure BoardAppointed06/??/1999 to 01/13/2000

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Barbara "Barb" (she died in January 2006)
Children: Four children (two while in office, two more after he left office): Jamison, Joseph, Molly, and Marcus
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was of Scottish-Irish and Norwegian ancestry.

Special Legislative Concerns: agriculture, education, small business, transportation.

He grew up on a farm in Mansfield Township, Freeborn County, Minnesota.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Independence party endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor in the 2002 election.

Legislative Session: 72nd (1981-1982)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1980 Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
District: 30 Residence: New Richland
Counties Represented: Faribault, Freeborn, Martin, Steele, Waseca
Occupation: Sales Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee: Agriculture
Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee: Environmental Protection
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Education
Finance Subcommittee: Joint Claims (Chair)
Finance Subcommittee: Semi-States/DOT
Transportation
Transportation Subcommittee: Highway Safety
Transportation Subcommittee: Rural and Commercial

Legislative Session: 71st (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: 30 Residence: New Richland
Counties Represented: Faribault, Freeborn, Martin, Steele, Waseca
Occupation: Sales Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee: Agriculture
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Consumer Protection
Governmental Operations
Governmental Operations Subcommittee: Civil Administration Regulatory Reform-1980
Governmental Operations Subcommittee: Regulatory Reform-1979
Governmental Operations Subcommittee: Structure-1979
Transportation
Transportation Subcommittee: Pipelines-1979
Transportation Subcommittee: Rural and Commercial Transportation (Chair)
Transportation Subcommittee: Transportation Policy

Legislative Session: 70th (1977-1978)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1976 Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/5/1981
District: 30 Residence: New Richland
Counties Represented: Faribault, Freeborn, Martin, Steele, Waseca
Occupation: Job Developer Comprehensive Employment Training Center
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee: Agriculture
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Consumer Protection and Economic Development
Governmental Operations
Governmental Operations Subcommittee: Structure
Transportation
Transportation Subcommittee: Public Transportation (Chair)

Articles & Books By
Garrett, Major, and Timothy J. Penny. "The Fifteen Biggest Lies in Politics." New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Penny, Timothy J., and Steven E Schier. "Payment Due: A Nation in Debt, A Generation in Trouble." Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1996.

Penny, Timothy J., and Major Garrett. "Common Cents: a Retiring Six-Term Congressman Reveals How Congress Really Works-- and What We Must Do to Fix It." Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1995.


Articles & Books About
Penny, Timothy Joseph. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


Archive Collections
Timothy J. Penny Congressional and Legislative Papers, 1977-1994 (bulk 1983-1994) - Available in the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections


The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, 645 State Office Building, Saint Paul, MN  55155