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Bishop, David Tyre "Dave"

House 1983-92 (District 33B); House 1993-2002 (District 30B)

Party when first elected:  Independent Republican

Counties Served:  Olmsted

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 3/9/1929
Birth Place: Syracuse, New York
Birth County: Onondaga
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: United Methodist
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Dave
City of Residence (when first elected): Rochester
Occupation (when first elected): Retired Attorney

EDUCATION

Nottingham High School, Syracuse, New York; Secondary; Graduate, 1948
Hamilton College, New York; B.A.; Political Science, 1951
Harvard University; M.P.A.; Public Administration, 1992
Cornell University, Law School; J.D.; International Law, 1954

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Beatrice "Bea" Habberstad (married on July 24, 1954)
Children: Five children: Kathy, Marnie, Lucy, and Laura (daughters); Tom (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was of German, French, and English ancestry.

He retired from his law practice in 1976.

Birth data, family data, and graduation dates provided by his daughter.

He was a member of Spider Lake United Methodist Church in Hayward, Wisconsin. Although this was the church he attended, he was very open-minded in his religious beliefs. He greatly admired the Dalai Lama.

Religion provided by his daughter.

Total Days Served: 7308

SESSIONS SERVED

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 30B
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney/Legislator
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2001 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Finance - Ex Officio Member
  • Capital Investment
  • Crime Prevention
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance - Ex Officio Member
  • Family and Early Childhood Education Finance - Ex Officio Member
  • Health and Human Services Finance - Ex Officio Member
  • Higher Education Finance - Ex Officio Member
  • Jobs and Economic Development Finance - Ex Officio Member
  • Judiciary Finance
  • K-12 Education Finance - Ex Officio Member
  • State Government Finance - Ex Officio Member
  • Transportation Finance - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways and Means (Chair)

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 30B
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney/Legislator
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Civil Law
  • Crime Prevention
  • Ways and Means (Chair)

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 30B
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney/Legislator
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Civil and Family Law Division
  • Ways and Means

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 30B
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney/Legislator
Party: Independent Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary Finance
  • Ways and Means

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 30B
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/2/1995
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney/Legislator
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Commerce and Economic Development
  • Commerce and Economic Development: Controversial Bills
  • Commerce and Economic Development: Economic Equality
  • Commerce and Economic Development: International Trade, Technology and Economic Development Division
  • Ethics
  • Ethics: Member Conduct Division
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Criminal Justice and Family Law
  • Judiciary: Judiciary Finance Division
  • Ways and Means

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 33B
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney/Legislator
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: State Government Division
  • Commerce
  • Ethics
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Criminal Justice Division
  • Ways and Means

76th Legislative Session (1989-1990)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 33B
Elected: 11/8/1988
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/3/1989 to 1/7/1991
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney/Legislator
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: State Departments Division
  • Commerce
  • Commerce: Small Business, Energy and Real Estate
  • Ethics
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Criminal Justice Division
  • Judiciary: Facilities Assessment

75th Legislative Session (1987-1988)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 33B
Elected: 11/4/1986
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/2/1989
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: State Departments Division
  • Commerce
  • Commerce: Energy and Real Estate
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Civil Law
  • Judiciary: Crime and Family Law Division
  • Judiciary: Revisor's

74th Legislative Session (1985-1986)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 33B
Elected: 11/6/1984
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/8/1985 to 1/5/1987
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: State Departments Division
  • Crime and Family Law
  • Crime and Family Law: Family Law
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Civil Laws and Administration
  • Regulated Industries and Energy
  • Regulated Industries and Energy: Energy (Chair)
  • Regulated Industries and Energy: Utilities

73rd Legislative Session (1983-1984)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 33B
Elected: 11/2/1982
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/7/1985
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Retired Attorney
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: State Departments Division
  • Energy
  • Energy: Housing
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Criminal Justice Division
Articles & Books By
Bishop, Dave. Finding Common Ground: The Art of Legislating in an Age of Gridlock, 2015.


Articles & Books About
McKenzie, Sarah. "Getting His Release: Called a 'Master Legislator,' Bishop to End His Two-Decade Obsession that Saw the Passage of More Than 200 Laws." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, May 17, 2002, p. 16.


Other Media
Index of Bills Authored in 1991-1992. - Provides a brief description and lists any actions taken on the bills.

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