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Westrom, Torrey

House 1997-2002 (District 13A); House 2003-2012 (District 11A); Senate 2013-Present (District 12)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: ??/??/1973 Date of Death: 
Birth Place:  Birth County:  Birth Country:
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Evangelical Free Christian
City of Residence (when first elected):  Elbow Lake

Occupation (when first elected):  Business

EDUCATION

Elbow Lake High School; Secondary; 1991
West Central School of Agriculture, Morris, Minnesota; Secondary;
Bemidji State University; B.A.; Political Science and Business Administration, 1995
William Mitchell College of Law; J.D.;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Single (when first elected); Anna (married while in office)
Children: Three children (born while he was in office): Madelyne and Whitney (daughters, twins); Carter Thomas (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was the first known blind member of the Minnesota Legislature. He became blind at the age of 14 due to a car accident on his family's dairy farm. (Minnesota had elected a blind person, named Thomas Schall, to the United States Congress. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1915 to 1925 and in the United States Senate from 1925-1935.)

On May 17, 2011 he was called upon to act as Speaker Pro Tempore, making him the first known blind person to oversee state House debate in the United States.

Special Legislative Concerns: Reinvigorate Minnesota economy to promote more job growth by the private sector, especially rural counties.

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


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Map of Elbow Lake
Elbow Lake, MN
Total Days Served: 6469

SESSIONS SERVED

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/2012 Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/2/2017
District: 12 Residence: Elbow Lake
Counties Represented: Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stearns, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin
Occupation: Attorney, Small Business Owner; Torrey Westrom Law Office
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2013 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Environment, Economic Development, and Agriculture Division
Finance Subcommittee: Transportation and Public Safety Division
Transportation and Public Safety

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/2/2010 Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
District: 11A Residence: Elbow Lake
Counties Represented: Douglas, Grant, Stevens
Occupation: Attorney, Lawyer/Small Business
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Civil Law (Chair) Minutes
Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
Ways and Means Minutes
Leadership Position: Speaker Pro Tempore
Leadership Notes: On May 17, 2011 he was called upon to act as Speaker Pro Tempore, making him the first known blind person to oversee state House debate in the United States.

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/4/2008 Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
District: 11A Residence: Elbow Lake
Counties Represented: Douglas, Grant, Stevens
Occupation: Attorney/Small Business
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Civil Justice Minutes
Finance Subcommittee: Energy Finance and Policy Division Minutes
Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
Ways and Means Minutes

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/7/2006 Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
District: 11A Residence: Elbow Lake
Counties Represented: Douglas, Grant, Stevens
Occupation: Attorney/Small Business, Real Estate
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Finance Minutes
Finance Subcommittee: Energy Finance and Policy Division Minutes
Public Safety and Civil Justice Minutes
Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/2/2004 Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
District: 11A Residence: Elbow Lake
Counties Represented: Douglas, Grant, Stevens
Occupation: Real Estate
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2005 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
Civil Law and Elections Minutes
Environment and Natural Resources Minutes
Regulated Industries (Chair) Minutes

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/5/2002 Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
District: 11A Residence: Elbow Lake
Counties Represented: Douglas, Grant, Stevens
Occupation: Business
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2003 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
Agriculture Policy
Regulated Industries (Chair)
Transportation Finance

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/7/2000 Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
District: 13A Residence: Elbow Lake
Counties Represented: Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse
Occupation: Business Manager
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2001 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
Agriculture and Rural Development Finance
Agriculture and Rural Development Policy
Regulated Industries
Transportation Policy

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/3/1998 Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
District: 13A Residence: Elbow Lake
Counties Represented: Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse
Occupation: Business
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Agriculture and Rural Development Finance
Agriculture Policy
Transportation Finance
Transportation Policy

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/5/1996 Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
District: 13A Residence: Elbow Lake
Counties Represented: Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse
Occupation: Business
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Agriculture
Agriculture Subcommittee: Joint House/Senate Special Select Subcommittee on Agricultural Education
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Transportation and Transit
Transportation and Transit Subcommittee: Transportation and Transit Finance Division
Transportation and Transit Subcommittee: Transportation Operations

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