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Tomczyk, Edward J.

House 1949-62 (District 28); House 1963-69 (District 40)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 12/13/1917
Birth Place: Columbia Heights, Minnesota
Birth County: Anoka
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 11/11/1969
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Minneapolis
Occupation (when first elected): Hennepin County Highway Department

EDUCATION

Parochial and Public Schools; Elementary School;
Vocational High School; Secondary; Graduate
University of Minnesota, Extension Schools; Attended College;
Minnesota College of Law; Attended Law School;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Government: Hennepin County, Minnesota (Engineer's Office, Right of Way Negotiator); 1941 to 19??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Martha
Children: Five children: Martha, Therese, Barbara, and Laura (daughters); Paul (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He moved to Hennepin County, Minnesota when he was 5 years old.

"...a tenure which made him one of the senior DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature." ("E. Tomczyk Dies; State Lawmaker." Minneapolis Star, November 12, 1969)

"He begins his sixth term as a 28th district house member, all of them as a liberal." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Edward J. Tomczyk." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Eagles.

He died of an apparent heart attack at St. Mary's Hospital. His funeral was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1949.

Total Days Served: 8274

SESSIONS SERVED

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 40
Elected: 11/5/1968
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/7/1969 to 11/11/1969 (unfinished term)
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Senior Right of Way Agent, Hennepin County Engineer's Office
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "…a tenure which made him one of the senior DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature." ("E. Tomczyk Dies; State Lawmaker." Minneapolis Star, November 12, 1969)
Committees:
  • Employee Compensation and Retirements
  • Governmental Operations
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Regulated Industries and Utilities
Reason for unfinished term: Death
Session Notes: He died while in office on November 11, 1969.

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 40
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/6/1969
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Right of Way Negotiator, Hennepin County Engineer's Office
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "…a tenure which made him one of the senior DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature." ("E. Tomczyk Dies; State Lawmaker." Minneapolis Star, November 12, 1969)
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Government Employee Security
  • Highways
  • Insurance and Securities
  • Law Enforcement and Liquor Control

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 40
Elected: 11/3/1964
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/5/1965 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Right of Way Negotiator, Hennepin County Engineer's Office
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "...a tenure which made him one of the senior DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature." ("E. Tomczyk Dies; State Lawmaker." Minneapolis Star, November 12, 1969)
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Law Enforcement and Juvenile Delinquency
  • Temperance and Liquor Control

63rd Legislative Session (1963-1964)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 40
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/4/1965
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Administrative Assistant, Hennepin County Engineer's Office
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "...a tenure which made him one of the senior DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature." ("E. Tomczyk Dies; State Lawmaker." Minneapolis Star, November 12, 1969)
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Law Enforcement and Juvenile Delinquency
  • Temperance and Liquor Control

62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 28
Elected: 11/8/1960
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/1961 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Administrative Assistant, Hennepin County Engineer's Office
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "...a tenure which made him one of the senior DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature." ("E. Tomczyk Dies; State Lawmaker." Minneapolis Star, November 12, 1969)
Committees:
  • Cities of the First and Second Class
  • Civil Administration
  • Highways
  • Rules
  • Temperance and Liquor Control (Chair)
  • Welfare

61st Legislative Session (1959-1960)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 28
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/2/1961
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Administrative Assistant, Hennepin County Engineer's Office
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "...a tenure which made him one of the senior DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature." ("E. Tomczyk Dies; State Lawmaker." Minneapolis Star, November 12, 1969)
Committees:
  • Cities of the First and Second Class
  • Civil Administration
  • Highways
  • Rules
  • Temperance and Liquor Control (Chair)
  • Welfare

60th Legislative Session (1957-1958)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 28
Elected: 11/6/1956
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/8/1957 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Administrative Assistant, Hennepin County Engineer's Office
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "He begins his sixth term as a 28th district house member, all of them as a liberal." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Edward J. Tomczyk." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Cities of the First and Second Class
  • General Legislation
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Temperance and Liquor Control (Chair)
  • Welfare

59th Legislative Session (1955-1956)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 28
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/7/1957
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Hennepin County Highway Department
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "He begins his sixth term as a 28th district house member, all of them as a liberal." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Edward J. Tomczyk." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Cities of the First and Second Class
  • General Legislation
  • Highways
  • Insurance
  • Temperance and Liquor Control (Chair)
  • Welfare

58th Legislative Session (1953-1954)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 28
Elected: 11/5/1952
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/6/1953 to 1/3/1955
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Hennepin County Highway Department
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "He begins his sixth term as a 28th district house member, all of them as a liberal." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Edward J. Tomczyk." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Engrossment and Enrollment
  • General Legislation
  • Highways
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Welfare

57th Legislative Session (1951-1952)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 28
Elected: 11/7/1950
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/2/1951 to 1/5/1953
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Hennepin County Highway Department
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "He begins his sixth term as a 28th district house member, all of them as a liberal." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Edward J. Tomczyk." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Commerce, Manufacturing and Retail Trade
  • General Legislation
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Veterans and Military Affairs
  • Welfare

56th Legislative Session (1949-1950)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 28
Elected: 11/2/1948
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/4/1949 to 1/1/1951
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Hennepin County Highway Department
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "He begins his sixth term as a 28th district house member, all of them as a liberal." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Edward J. Tomczyk." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
  • Banking
  • Crime Prevention
  • Engrossment and Enrollment
  • Highways
  • Reapportionment

55th Legislative Session (1947-1948)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 28
Elected: 3/14/1947
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 3/19/1947 to 1/3/1949 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Hennepin County Highway Department
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "He begins his sixth term as a 28th district house member, all of them as a liberal." ("Know Your Minnesota Legislature: Rep. Edward J. Tomczyk." Minneapolis Star, Between November 1956-January 1957)
Committees:
Session Notes: He won the seat held by Rep. John McNulty before his death on February 10, 1947. He was sworn in on March 19, 1947. His margin of victory over Len Biernat was only 49 votes so Biernat requested a recount. After the recount Tomczyk was declared the winner.