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Graw, Joseph Peter

House 1963-66 (District 32); House 1967-72 (District 27B); House 1973-74 (District 38B)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/8/1915
Birth Place: Knoxville, Iowa
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 8/29/2018
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Bloomington
Occupation (when first elected): Insurance Executive

EDUCATION

Messmer High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Secondary; Graduate
Chicago Tech, Illinois; Attended College;
Northwestern University, Illinois; Attended College;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: United States Army (World War II, Pacific Theatre, Captain); 1941 to 1945

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Dorothy
Children: Three children: Michael, Margaret, and Joseph
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

"He was the first state legislator to represent Bloomington." (Star Tribune obituary)

"He was most proud of co-authoring the bill that cleared the path for construction of several junior college and technical schools in the Twin Cities. He successfully argued for the current location of Normandale Junior College and was given the nickname 'Mr. Normandale.'" (Star Tribune obituary)

His funeral was held on September 4, 2018 at The Church of the Nativity of Mary in Bloomington. He was buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights.

Total Days Served: 4382

SESSIONS SERVED

68th Legislative Session (1973-1974)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 38B
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: Bloomington
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/6/1975
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Real Estate
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Higher Education
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs
  • Taxes

67th Legislative Session (1971-1972)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 27B
Elected: 11/3/1970
Residence: Bloomington
Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Real Estate
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • City Government
  • Insurance (Chair)
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs
  • Reapportionment and Elections
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Taxes

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 27B
Elected: 11/5/1968
Residence: Bloomington
Term of Office: 1/7/1969 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Insurance Executive
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the Second and Third Class
  • Governmental Operations
  • Insurance (Chair)
  • Legislative Administration and Rules
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs
  • Taxes

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 27B
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Bloomington
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/6/1969
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Insurance Executive
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the Second and Third Class (Chair)
  • Civil Administration
  • Insurance and Securities
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs
  • Rules
  • Taxes

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 32
Elected: 11/3/1964
Residence: Bloomington
Term of Office: 1/5/1965 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Insurance Executive
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the First and Second Class
  • Civil Administration
  • Insurance
  • Reapportionment
  • Taxes

63rd Legislative Session (1963-1964)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 32
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Bloomington
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/4/1965
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Insurance Executive
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the 1st and 2nd Class
  • Civil Administration
  • Insurance
  • Law Enforcement and Juvenile Delinquency
  • Taxes
Articles & Books About
Adler, Erin. "Joseph Graw: Being 'Mr. Normandale' Was His Proudest Achievement." Star Tribune, September 8, 2018.

"Graw, Joseph Peter." Star Tribune, August 31, 2018.



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