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Odegard, Robert J.

House 1961-62 (District 55)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Sherburne

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 12/22/1920 (uncertain)
Birth Place: Princeton, Minnesota
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 9/20/2013
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Princeton
Occupation (when first elected): Manager of Family Business (Farm, Potato Company and Garage)

EDUCATION

Princeton Public Schools; Secondary; Graduate, 1938
University of Minnesota; B.B.A.; Agricultural economics, Cum Laude, 1942

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal Board/Commission: Princeton, Minnesota (City Planning Commission, Board Member); 19?? to 19??
Military: United States Navy (World War II); 1942 to 19??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Barbara Perkins
Children: Four children: Stephen, Kevin, (sons); Susan, Nancy (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He unsuccessfully ran as the Republican Party candidate in the 6th Congressional District in 1962 and in 1964 against Alec G. Olson.

He was voted "Most Promising Member of the House of Representatives" during his term. (Star Tribune obituary, September 22, 2013)

He served as the executive director of the University of Minnesota Foundation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his distinguished career at the Univeristy of Minnesota Foundation. (Star Tribune obituary, September 22, 2013)

He was buried at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Princeton, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 735

SESSIONS SERVED

62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 55
Elected: 11/8/1960
Residence: Princeton
Term of Office: 1/3/1961 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Sherburne
Occupation: Manager of Family Business (Farm, Potato Company and Garage)
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "He ran as the Republican party candidate in the 6th Congressional District in 1962 . . and in 1964." (Star Tribune obituary, September 22, 2013)
Committees:
  • Claims
  • General Legislation
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Reapportionment
  • Veterans and Military Affairs