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Harder, Elaine

House 1995-2004 (District 22B)

Party when first elected:  Independent Republican

Counties Served:  Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Nobles, Redwood, Watonwan

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 12/27/1947
Birth Place:
Birth County:
Birth Country:
Date of Death: 9/24/2013
Gender: Female
Religion: Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Jackson
Occupation (when first elected): Family Business, Insurance Agency

EDUCATION

Storden High School; Secondary;
Mankato State University; B.S.; Secondary Education

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Board/Commissioner: Jackson County, Minnesota (County Fair Board, Secretary); 19?? to 19??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Ronald "Ron" (married on July 17, 1970. He ran unsuccessfully for the Minnesota Senate in the 1990 election.)
Children: Two children
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

She was raised on a farm in Westbrook, Minnesota.

She was a member of Phi Upsilon Omnicron.

She was a founding member of the Beta Clovia Sorority while going to school in Mankato.

Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1999-2000.

She died at St. Anthony Health Care Center in St. Anthony, Minnesota. Her funeral was held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Jackson, Minnesota. She was buried at Rosehill Cemetery in Westbrook, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 3654

SESSIONS SERVED

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 22B
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: Jackson
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles
Occupation: Business
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Finance (Chair)
  • Agriculture Policy
  • Taxes

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 22B
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Jackson
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Redwood, Watonwan
Occupation: Business
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Finance
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Policy
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Sales and Income Tax Division (Chair)

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 22B
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Jackson
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Redwood, Watonwan
Occupation: Business
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Finance
  • Agriculture Policy
  • Ethics (Chair)
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Property Taxes Division
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 22B
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: Jackson
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Redwood, Watonwan
Occupation: Business
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Joint House/Senate Special Select Subcommittee on Agricultural Education
  • Economic Development and International Trade
  • Economic Development and International Trade: International Trade
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Sales and Income Tax Division

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 22B
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: Jackson
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Redwood, Watonwan
Occupation: Family Business, Insurance Agency
Party: Independent Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance and Rural Development
  • Economic Development, Infrastructure and Regulation Finance
  • Economic Development, Infrastructure and Regulation Finance: Transportation Finance Division
  • Housing
Articles & Books About
Elaine Harder, 65, Jackson County Pilot, September 25, 2013.

Healy, Nick. "House Tries Harder to Make Government More Efficient." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, March 3, 1995, p. 16.



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