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Frederickson, Dennis R.

Senate 1981-82 (District 28); Senate 1983-2002 (District 23); Senate 2003-2010 (District 21)

Party when first elected:  Independent Republican

Counties Served:  Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Le Sueur, Lyon, McLeod, Murray, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Watonwan

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 7/27/1939
Birth Place: Morgan, Minnesota
Birth County: Redwood
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran, Presbyterian
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Morgan
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer

EDUCATION

Morgan High School; Secondary; Graduate
University of Minnesota; B.S.; Agricultural Economics, 1961

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: United States Navy and Air Naval Reserve (Vietnam, Artic Circle, Thule Air Force Base, Greenland, Pilot, 5 years active duty); 19?? to 19??
County Board/Commissioner: Redwood County, Minnesota (County Commissioner; Chair, 2 years); 1972 to 1980
State Agency: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Regional Director, Southern Region); 02/2011 to 20??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Marjorie "Marj" (married in 1961)
Children: Three children: Kari, Karl, and Disa
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: local government, environment, natural resources, finance, agriculture.

He grew up on a farm near Morgan, Minnesota.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1981-82)

Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1981-82, and Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.

Total Days Served: 10955

SESSIONS SERVED

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 21
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Brown, Lyon, Redwood, Watonwan
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Forestry
  • Finance
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division: Clean Water Legacy
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division: Energy Subdivision
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division: Natural Resources
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division: Parks and Trails Legacy
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Ethical Conduct
  • Rules and Administration: Permanent and Joint Rules
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore
Leadership Notes: He was selected to be President Pro Tempore even though his party was not in the majority.

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 21
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Brown, Lyon, Redwood, Watonwan
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Forestry
  • Finance
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division: Energy Subdivision
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division: Natural Resources
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Ethical Conduct
  • Rules and Administration: Permanent and Joint Rules
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore
Leadership Notes: He was selected to be President Pro Tempore even though his party was not in the majority.

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 21
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Brown, Lyon, Redwood, Watonwan
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Game and Fish
  • Finance
  • Finance: Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Budget Division
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Ethical Conduct
  • Rules and Administration: Senate Audit (Chair)

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 21
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Brown, Lyon, Redwood, Watonwan
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Game and Fish
  • Finance
  • Finance: Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Budget Division
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Ethical Conduct
  • Rules and Administration: Senate Audit (Chair)

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Sibley
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Environmental Protection
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Fish and Wildlife
  • Finance
  • Finance: Environment and Agriculture Budget Division
  • Jobs, Housing and Community Development
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Audit (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Bill Referral
  • Rules and Administration: Ethical Conduct
  • Rules and Administration: Senate Budget
  • Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Sibley
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Election Laws
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources/Agriculture and Rural Development/State Government Finance: Environment and Agriculture Budget Division
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans/Election Laws/State Gov't. Finance Comm.: Governmental Operations Budget Division
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Electric Energy Deregulation
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Bill Referral
  • Rules and Administration: Ethical Conduct
  • Rules and Administration: Senate Audit (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Senate Budget
  • State Government Finance

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Sibley
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Election Laws
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources/Agriculture and Rural Development/State Government Finance: Environment and Agriculture Budget Division
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans/Election Laws/State Gov't. Finance Comm.: Governmental Operations Budget Division
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Electric Energy Deregulation
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Bill Referral
  • Rules and Administration: Ethical Conduct
  • Rules and Administration: Senate Budget
  • State Government Finance
Leadership Position: Floor Leader
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Sibley
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Independent Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Fish and Wildlife
  • Finance
  • Finance: Finance State Government Division
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Economic Development and Housing
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Energy and Public Utilities
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Jobs, Energy and Community Development Finance Division
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Bill Referral
  • Rules and Administration: Ethical Conduct
  • Rules and Administration: Senate Budget
Leadership Position: Floor Leader
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Sibley
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Fish and Wildlife
  • Finance
  • Finance: Finance State Government Division
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Economic Development and Housing
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Energy and Public Utilities
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Jobs, Energy and Community Development Finance Division
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Bill Referral
  • Rules and Administration: Ethical Conduct
  • Rules and Administration: Senate Budget
Leadership Position: Floor Leader
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Agriculture and Rural Development: Agriculture Resources
  • Agriculture and Rural Development: Joint Agriculture and Rural Development/Environment and Natural Resources Ad Hoc
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Fish and Wildlife
  • Finance
  • Finance: Economic and State Affairs Division
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Gaming Regulation
  • Governmental Operations

76th Legislative Session (1989-1990) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/4/1986
Residence: New Ulm
Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/7/1991
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Agriculture and Rural Development: Rural Development
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Fish and Wildlife
  • Finance
  • Finance: State Departments Division
  • Governmental Operations

75th Legislative Session (1987-1988)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/4/1986
Residence: Morgan
Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/7/1991
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Products/Processing
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Fish and Wildlife
  • Finance
  • Finance: State Departments Division
  • General Legislation and Public Gaming
  • Governmental Operations

74th Legislative Session (1985-1986) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/2/1982
Residence: Morgan
Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/5/1987
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources: Environmental Protection
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources: Public Lands and Waters
  • Elections and Ethics
  • Finance
  • Finance: State Departments
  • Governmental Operations

73rd Legislative Session (1983-1984)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/2/1982
Residence: Morgan
Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/5/1987
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources: Environmental Protection
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources: Public Land and Water Resources
  • Elections and Ethics
  • Finance
  • Finance: State Departments
  • Governmental Operations

72nd Legislative Session (1981-1982)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 28
Elected: 11/4/1980
Residence: Morgan
Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
Counties Represented: Brown, Cottonwood, Murray, Nicollet, Redwood
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources: Agriculture
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources: Public Land and Water Resources
  • Governmental Operations
  • Local Government and Urban Affairs
  • Public Employees and Pensions