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Borden, Winston W. "Win"

Senate 1971-72 (District 53); Senate 1973-78 (District 13)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Aitkin, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Morrison

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/1/1943
Birth Place: Brainerd, Minnesota
Birth County: Crow Wing
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/20/2014
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Win
City of Residence (when first elected): Brainerd
Occupation (when first elected): Attorney; Firm of Borden, Wise and Steinbauer

EDUCATION

St. Cloud State College; B.A.; 1965
University of Minnesota; M.A.; Public Administration
University of Minnesota, Law School; J.D.; 1968

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Betty Rae McRoberts
Children: One child: Amanda
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: crime, environment, energy.

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

Total Days Served: 2888

SESSIONS SERVED

70th Legislative Session (1977-1978)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 13
Elected: 11/2/1976
Residence: Brainerd
Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 12/1/1978 (unfinished term)
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Crow Wing, Kanabec
Occupation: Lawyer; Partner, Borden, Steinbauer, Borden and Rathke Law Firm
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Commerce
  • Commerce: Consumer Protection and Economic Development
  • Commerce: Insurance
  • Finance
  • Finance: State Departments
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Structure
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Bill Scheduling
  • Rules and Administration: Committees
  • Rules and Administration: Election Contest Costs (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Late Bills (Joint Rule 2.03) (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Permanent and Joint Rules
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader
Leadership Notes: He resigned from the Minnesota Legislature in December 1978 to take a position in the private sector.
Reason for unfinished term: Resigned
Session Notes: He resigned in December 1978 to become Executive Secretary of the Minnesota Association of Commerce and Industry (MACI). His official term end date is uncertain due to his resignation.

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

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 13
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: Brainerd
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Crow Wing, Kanabec
Occupation: Partner; Law Firm of Borden, Steinbauer, Borden and Rathke
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
  • Committees
  • Finance
  • Finance: Claims (Chair)
  • Finance: State Departments I
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Government Structure (Chair)
  • Labor and Commerce
  • Labor and Commerce: Labor
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Permanent Rules
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Whip

68th Legislative Session (1973-1974)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 13
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: Brainerd
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Aitkin, Crow Wing, Kanabec
Occupation: Partner; Law Firm of Borden, Steinbauer & Borden
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
  • Committees
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Government Structure (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Election Contest Costs (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Permanent Rules
  • Taxes and Tax Laws
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Whip

67th Legislative Session (1971-1972)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 53
Elected: 11/3/1970
Residence: Brainerd
Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
Counties Represented: Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Attorney; Firm of Borden, Wise and Steinbauer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Education
  • Judiciary
  • Natural Resoures and Environment
  • Pensions and Retirement
Articles & Books By
Borden, Winston W. Ruminations: Memories and Tales of a Furrowed Mind. Brainerd, Minnesota: Farm Market Press, 2007.


Articles & Books About
Walsh, Paul. "Late in Life, He Kept the Fire Burning." Star Tribune, January 22, 2014, p. B6.

Associated Press. "Win Borden, Former State Senator, Lawyer, Dies at 70." Pioneer Press, January 21, 2014.

O'Rourke, Mike. "Politicians Remember Former Sen. Win Borden's Good, Bad Times." Brainerd Dispatch, January 21, 2014.

Ode, Kim. "Win Borden: Reinventing a Life, One 'Like' at a Time." Star Tribune, November 18, 2012.


Archive Collections
Winston W. Borden Papers - 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.