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Samuelson, Donald B. "Don"


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Map of Brainerd
Brainerd, MN

House 1969-72 (District 53B); House 1973-78 (District 13A); House 1981-82 (District 13A); Senate 1983-92 (District 13); Senate 1993-2002 (District 12)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/23/1932 Date of Death: 
Birth Place: Brainerd, Minnesota Birth County: Crow Wing Birth Country: United States
Other Names: Don
Gender:  Male Religion:  Catholic
City of Residence (when first elected):  Brainerd

Occupation (when first elected):  Bricklayer

EDUCATION

Brainerd High School; Secondary;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal Board/CommissionBrainerd, Minnesota (Brainerd Public Utiltites Commission) ??/??/???? to ??/??/2???
State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota Board of Aging (Chair)Appointed05/29/2012 to ??/??/????

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Nancy
Children: Four children: Steve, Chris, Paula, and Laurie
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: finance, health, health care, insurance, social services, corrections.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Senate in the 2002 election. His opponent, Paul Koering, defeated him by so few votes that an automatic recount occurred. The recount confirmed that Paul Koering had won by 138 votes.

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

He sought the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement for Minnesota Governor in 1994. He dropped out of the race in July 1994.

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

Total Days Served: 11684

SESSIONS SERVED

Legislative Session: 82nd (2001-2002)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/2000 Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
District: 12 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Bricklayer/Union Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Capital Investment
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Bill Referral
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Committees
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Permanent and Joint Rules
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Personnel
Taxes
Taxes Subcommittee: Property Tax Budget Division (Chair)
Transportation
Leadership Position: President of the Senate

Legislative Session: 81st (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: 12 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Bricklayer/Union Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Environment and Natural Resources
Health and Family Security
Health and Family Security/Human Resources Finance Subcommittee: Health and Family Security Budget Division (Chair)
Human Resources Finance
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Bill Referral

Legislative Session: 80th (1997-1998)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1996 Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
District: 12 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Bricklayer/Union Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Environment and Natural Resources
Health and Family Security
Health and Family Security/Human Resources Finance Subcommittee: Health and Family Security Budget Division (Chair)
Human Resources Finance
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Bill Referral

Legislative Session: 79th (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: 12 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Union Business Manager
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Commerce and Consumer Protection
Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee: Insurance
Family Services
Finance
Health Care
Health Care Subcommittee: Health Care and Family Services Finance Division (Chair)

Legislative Session: 78th (1993-1994)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1992 Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
District: 12 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Union Business Manager
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce and Consumer Protection
Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee: Insurance
Family Services
Finance
Health Care
Health Care Subcommittee: Health Care and Family Services Finance Division (Chair)

Legislative Session: 77th (1991-1992)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/1990 Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
District: 13 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Union Business Manager
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Elections and Ethics
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health and Human Services Division (Chair)
Gaming Regulation
Veterans and General Legislation

Legislative Session: 76th (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: 13 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Union Business Manager
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Elections and Ethics
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health and Human Services Division (Chair)
General Legislation and Public Gaming

Legislative Session: 75th (1987-1988)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1986 Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/7/1991
District: 13 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Union Business Manager/Bricklayer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Elections and Ethics
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health and Human Services Division (Chair)
General Legislation and Public Gaming

Legislative Session: 74th (1985-1986) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1982 Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/5/1987
District: 13 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Union Business Manager
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Economic Development and Commerce
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Elections and Ethics
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health and Human Services (Chair)
Veterans and General Legislation
Veterans and General Legislation Subcommittee: General Legislation (Chair)

Legislative Session: 73rd (1983-1984)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1982 Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/5/1987
District: 13 Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Union Business Manager
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Economic Development and Commerce
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Elections and Ethics
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health and Human Services (Chair)
Veterans and General Legislation

Legislative Session: 72nd (1981-1982)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/4/1980 Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
District: 13A Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Crow Wing
Occupation: Bricklayers Business Manager
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: Health, Welfare and Corrections Division (Chair)
General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
General Legislation and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee: General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
Reapportionment and Elections
Rules and Legislative Administration

Legislative Session: 70th (1977-1978)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/2/1976 Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/2/1979
District: 13A Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Crow Wing
Occupation: Union Business Representative/Bricklayer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: Health, Welfare and Corrections Division (Chair)
General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
Transportation

Legislative Session: 69th (1975-1976)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/5/1974 Term of Office: 1/7/1975 to 1/3/1977
District: 13A Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Crow Wing
Occupation: Bricklayer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: Health, Welfare and Corrections Division (Chair)
Deinstitutionalization (Chair)
General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
Transportation

Legislative Session: 68th (1973-1974)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/7/1972 Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/6/1975
District: 13A Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Crow Wing
Occupation: Bricklayer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: Health, Welfare, and Corrections Division (Chair)
Environmental Preservation and Natural Resources
General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
Transportation

Legislative Session: 67th (1971-1972)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/3/1970 Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
District: 53B Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Crow Wing
Occupation: Bricklayer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
Appropriations
Claims
Commerce and Economic Development
Natural Resources
Transportation

Legislative Session: 66th (1969-1970)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/5/1968 Term of Office: 1/7/1969 to 1/4/1971
District: 53B Residence: Brainerd
Counties Represented: Crow Wing
Occupation: Bricklayer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
Cities of the Second and Third Class
Conservation
General Legislation, Veterans, and Consumer Affairs
Higher Education
Public Institutions

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