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Anderson, Irvin N. "Irv"

House 1965-66 (District 64); House 1967-72 (District 64B); House 1973-82 (District 3A); House 1991-2006 (District 3A)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, St. Louis

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 6/18/1923
Birth Place: International Falls, Minnesota
Birth County: Koochiching
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 11/17/2008
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Other Names: Irv
City of Residence (when first elected): International Falls
Occupation (when first elected): Paper Inspector, M and O Paper Company

EDUCATION

International Falls High School; Secondary;
University of Minnesota; Attended College;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: United States Navy (World War II, Pacific Theatre, Navy Aviator, received the Air Medal); 194? to 19??
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Governor's Commission on Wood Products (Staff); 1983 to 19?? [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Phyllis
Children: Two children: Gregory "Greg" (son); Cynthia "Cindy" (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1982 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary election. Bob Neuenschwander's margin of victory over Irv Anderson in the primary election was so small that a recount occurred. Bob Neuenschwander was determined to be the winner.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1984 and 1986 elections.

He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in International Falls, Minnesota.

He died at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. His funeral was at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in International Falls, Minnesota and he was buried there in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.

Religion provided by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975.

Total Days Served: 12412

SESSIONS SERVED

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/2/2004
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
Counties Represented: Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Regulated Industries
  • Taxes
  • Ways and Means

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Redistricting
  • Taxes
  • Taxes Subcommittee: Sales and Income Tax Division
  • Ways and Means

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy
  • Jobs and Economic Development Policy

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance (Chair)
  • Regulated Industries and Energy
  • Taxes
  • Taxes Subcommittee: Property Tax and Tax Increment Financing Division
  • Transportation and Transit
  • Transportation and Transit Subcommittee: Transportation Efficiency and Standards
Session Notes: He was unsuccessful in his bid to be reelected as Speaker of the House.

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Subcommittee: Administration
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Subcommittee: Personnel
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Subcommittee: Rules
  • Taxes
  • Taxes Subcommittee: Property Tax and Tax Increment Financing Division
  • Ways and Means
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/2/1995
Counties Represented: Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Subcommittee: Personnel
  • Taxes
  • Taxes Subcommittee: Property Tax
  • Ways and Means
Leadership Position: Majority Leader
Leadership Notes: He was elected as House Majority Leader on March 25, 1993 after Alan Welle resigned from the position, effective March 29, 1993.
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House
Leadership Notes: He became Speaker of the House designate when elected by the House Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus on September 1, 1993 after Dee Long resigned from the position.

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Itasca, Koochiching
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs (Chair)
  • Regulated Industries
  • Taxes
  • Taxes Subcommittee: State Taxes and Tax Laws
  • Ways and Means

72nd Legislative Session (1981-1982)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/4/1980
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching
Occupation: Quality Control, Boise Cascade Corporation
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Commerce and Economic Development
  • Commerce and Economic Development Subcommittee: Liquor
  • Commerce and Economic Development Subcommittee: Oil Decontrol Task Force
  • Reapportionment and Elections
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Taxes (Chair)
  • Taxes Subcommittee: Local Government Aids and Bonding
  • Taxes Subcommittee: Mineral Taxation
  • Taxes Subcommittee: Revenue Division
  • Taxes Subcommittee: Tax Laws Division
Session Notes: He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement in the 1982 primary election.

71st Legislative Session (1979-1980)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/7/1978
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/3/1979 to 1/5/1981
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching
Occupation: Quality Control, Boise Cascade Corp.
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs (Chair) [He was the Chair in 1980 only.]
  • Rules and Legislative Administration (Chair) [He was the Chair in 1979.]
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Subcommittee: Rules (Chair)
  • Taxes
  • Taxes Subcommittee: Division I - Income and Sales Tax Division - Ex Officio Member
Leadership Position: DFL Caucus Leader-1979
Leadership Notes: The House was evenly split along party lines after the November 1978 election. Thus neither party had majority nor minority status going into the 71st Legislative Session. In May 1979 the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party gained majority status.
Leadership Position: Majority Leader
Leadership Notes: He became Majority Leader in May 1979 after the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party broke the tie in the House that occurred after the 1978 election.

70th Legislative Session (1977-1978)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/2/1976
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/2/1979
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching
Occupation: Quality Control Department, Boise Cascade
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Rules and Legislative Administration (Chair)
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Majority Leader

69th Legislative Session (1975-1976)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/5/1974
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/7/1975 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching
Occupation: Inspector, Boise Cascade Corporation
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Rules and Legislative Administration (Chair)
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Majority Leader

68th Legislative Session (1973-1974)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 03A
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/6/1975
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching
Occupation: Inspector, Boise Cascade Corp.
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
  • Rules and Legislative Administration (Chair)
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Majority Leader

67th Legislative Session (1971-1972)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 64B
Elected: 11/3/1970
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Inspector, Boise Cascade Corp.
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Education
  • Environmental Preservation
  • Natural Resources
  • Regulated Industries
  • Taxes

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 64B
Elected: 11/5/1968
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/7/1969 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Paper Inspector, Boise Cascade Corp.
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Land and Water Resources
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Taxes

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 64B
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/6/1969
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Paper Inspector, Boise Cascade Corp.
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Education
  • Forestry and Public Domain
  • Game and Fish
  • Government Employee Security
  • Taxes
  • University and College

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 64
Elected: 11/3/1964
Residence: International Falls
Term of Office: 1/5/1965 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Koochiching
Occupation: Paper Inspector, M and O Paper Company
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Education
  • Game and Fish
  • State and Junior Colleges
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2003 House Interview


Articles & Books About
Oakes, Larry. "State Loses One of Its Greatest Representatives." Star Tribune, November 18, 2008, p. B1, B7.

"House Session Focuses on Anderson, TV Cameras." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 25, 1994, p. 1, 3.

Anderson, Jim. "DFL Selects Anderson as New Majority Leader." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, March 18, 1993, p. 2.

"Through Thick and Thin, Anderson Perseveres." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, April 19, 1991, p. 11.


Archive Collections
Irvin Anderson Papers, 1965-1971, 1990-2003 (bulk 1991-2000) - Available in the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections.
Irvin N. Anderson Papers, 1978-1979 - Available in the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections.

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.