House 1997-2002 (District 15B); Senate 2003-2012 (District 20)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Swift, Yellow Medicine
Date of Birth:
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Lutheran Pastor/Agency Manager
Mankato State University; B.A.; Biology
Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul; M.Div.; 1974
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
United States Air Force (Vietnam Era, Assigned to the Research Division of the School of Aerospace Medicine);
19?? to 19??
Patricia "Pat" (married around 1969)
Three children: Andrew and Matthew "Matt' (sons), Erin (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: agriculture, rural communities, rural education, rural health care, rural transportation, energy, jobs, education.
He grew up on a farm near Ventura, Iowa. He came to Minnesota in 1970.
He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Senate in the 1992 election.
In December 2010 he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)/Lou Gehrig's Disease.
He died at Region's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. His funeral was held on March 7, 2012 at Granite Falls Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, Minnesota.
Religion provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council's State Directories 2005 and Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.