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Franke, Donald T.

House 1957-62 (District 4)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Olmsted

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/16/1921
Birth Place: Eyota, Minnesota
Birth County: Olmsted
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 9/25/2013
Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Rochester
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer

EDUCATION

Eyota Schools; Elementary School;
Eyota High School; Secondary; Graduate
Rochester Junior College; Junior College/Community College; Graduate
University of Minnesota; B.A.; Journalism, 1946
University of Minnesota, Law School; LL.B.; 1952

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: United States Air Force (World War II, Pilot Instructor); 1942 to 1945
Judge: Minnesota District Judge, Third District; 1964 to 1975

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Helen Monteith
Children: Four children: Gail, Kent, Bruce, and Scott
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

"Franke has been involved in the Young Republican league." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Donald T. Franke." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)

"Franke intends to caucus with the house consevatives." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Donald T. Franke." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)

He was a member of the Lions Club, and the Masons.

"His numerous legislative accomplishments included authoring Minnesota's first Fair Housing legislation." (Rochester Post-Bulletin obituary, April 18, 2014)

Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1957-58.

Total Days Served: 2191

SESSIONS SERVED

62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 04
Elected: 11/8/1960
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/3/1961 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Education
  • Employees Compensation
  • Health
  • Judiciary
  • Motor Vehicles

61st Legislative Session (1959-1960)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 04
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/2/1961
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Aircraft and Airways
  • Education
  • Employees Compensation
  • Game and Fish
  • Health
  • Judiciary

60th Legislative Session (1957-1958)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 04
Elected: 11/6/1956
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/8/1957 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "Franke has been involved in the Young Republican league." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Donald T. Franke." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957); "Franke intends to caucus with the house consevatives." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Donald T. Franke." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Aircraft and Airways
  • Employees Compensation
  • Engrossment and Enrollment
  • Health
  • Highways
  • Public Institutions
Articles & Books About
"Donald T. Franke -- Naples, Fla. (Obituary)." Rochester Post-Bulletin, April 18, 2014.

"Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Donald T. Franke." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957.