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Olson, Mary A.

Senate 2007-2010 (District 4)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Beltrami, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 5/23/1958
Birth Place: Willmar, Minnesota
Birth County: Kandiyohi
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Female
Religion: Lutheran
Other Names:
Former Name: Gandrud
City of Residence (when first elected): Bemidji
Occupation (when first elected): Attorney

EDUCATION

Bemidji High School; Secondary;
Concordia College, Moorhead; Attended College;
University of North Dakota; B.A.; English and Journalism
University of North Dakota, Law School; J.D.;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Attorney: Crow Wing County, Minnesota (Assistant County Attorney); [Dates Unknown]
Military: United States Air Force (March Air Force Base, California, Attorney/JAG Officer); 1985 to 1989

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: John
Children: Four children: Michelle, Annalise, Alyson, and John
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Peter Anners Gandrud  - Great Great Grandfather

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: health care, higher education, economic development, environmental issues, judiciary issues, civil justice issues.

She had some Norwegian ancestry.

She moved to Bemidji, Minnesota in 1963, with her parents.

She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church.

Birth city provided by her father.

Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2007-2008 and Project Vote Smart, 2009.

Total Days Served: 1462

SESSIONS SERVED

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 04
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce and Consumer Protection
  • Finance: Economic Development and Housing Budget Division
  • Finance: Health and Human Services Budget Division
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Data Practices (Chair)

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 04
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce and Consumer Protection
  • Finance: Economic Development Budget Division
  • Finance: Health and Human Services Budget Division
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Data Practices (Chair)
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