Senate 1971-72 (District 65); Senate 1973-87 (District 4)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Mahnomen, Morrison, Wadena
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: None Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Furniture Business Owner
Laporte High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1952
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, Minnesota (Eagles);
19?? to 19??
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Commissioner, Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich);
11/15/1987 to 1991
Anita Ware (married on May 2, 1955)
Four children: Nedra, Noel, Neil, and Nona
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: finance, agriculture, natural resources, small business.
"Among his most important legislative accomplishments are the Payment in Lieu of Tax bill of 1979, The Acid Rain Deposition Act of 1982, and the Clean Water Partnership Act of 1987. He was also very active in legislation that created The Heartland Trail and established the Good Samaritan Act." (Bemidji Pioneer obit).
"In October of 1986, Governor Rudy Perpich made a proclamation of Senator Jerry Willet day in Minnesota." (Bemidji Pioneer obit).
He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
He was a member of the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources for 12 years.
"Jerry became known as 'The People's Senator.'" (Bemidji Pioneer obit).
He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church.
Religion provided by the MN Legislative Manual, 1975-76.