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Persell, Jr., John Sterling

House 2009-2012 (District 4A); House 2013-2016 (District 5A); House 2019-Present (District 5A)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, Itasca

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: ??/??/1950
Birth Place: ,
Birth County:
Birth Country:
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Bemidji
Occupation (when first elected): Government/Former Environmental Specialist, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

EDUCATION

Battle Creek High School, Iowa; Secondary;
Bemidji State University; B.S.; Biology Major, Chemistry Minor

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Board/Commissioner: Beltrami County, Minnesota (Soil and Water Conservation Board); [Dates Unknown] [Elected]
Military: United States Air Force; [Dates Unknown]
Municipal Board/Commission: Frohn, Minnesota (Township Board of Supervisors); [Dates Unknown] [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Patty Jean Wilson (she died in September 2007, before he served); Widower; listed as married in 2012 Election Directory.
Children: Eight children: John Sterling III, Allisa, and Dacia
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He grew up in Battle Creek, Iowa.

Total Days Served: 2991

SESSIONS SERVED

91st Legislative Session (2019-2020)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 05A
Elected: 11/8/2018
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/8/2019 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, Itasca
Occupation: Policy Analyst
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy (Chair) Minutes
  • Labor Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Greater Minnesota Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Veterans and Military Affairs Finance & Policy Division Minutes
Session Notes: His margin of victory over Matt Bliss was only 8 votes so a recount occurred. After the recount he was declared the winner by 11 votes.

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 05A
Elected: 11/4/2014
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/6/2015 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, Itasca
Occupation: Policy Analyst
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2015 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Minutes
  • Health and Human Services Finance Minutes
  • State Government Finance: Veterans Affairs Division Minutes

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 05A
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, Itasca
Occupation: Policy Analyst
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Minutes
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
  • State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs Minutes
Leadership Position: Majority Whip

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 04A
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Cass, Itasca
Occupation: Policy Analyst
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
   2012 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Minutes
  • State Government Finance: Veterans Services Division Minutes
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 04A
Elected: 11/4/2008
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Cass, Itasca
Occupation: Government/Former Environmental Specialist, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment Policy and Oversight Minutes
  • Environment Policy and Oversight: Game, Fish and Forestry Division Minutes
  • Finance: Energy Finance and Policy Division Minutes
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2016 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2009 House Interview


Articles & Books About
Hegarty, Susan. "Walking the Talk, Persell Models Stewardship of the Environment." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, January 23, 2009, p. 16.



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