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McNamara, Denny

House 2003-2012 (District 57B); House 2013-2016 (District 54B)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Dakota, Washington

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/29/1952
Birth Place: Hastings, Minnesota
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Hastings
Occupation (when first elected): Co-Owner, Nursery and Landscape Business; Landscape Contractor, Hoffman and McNamara Nursery and Landscape

EDUCATION

Archbishop Brady High School; Secondary;
University of Minnesota, Duluth; Attended College; 2 years
University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business; B.S.; Business Administration, 1976

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal Council/Aldermen: Hastings, Minnesota (City Council's Natural Resources Board, 12 years); 19?? to ?

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Lynne
Children: Two children: Mike and Brian (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.

Total Days Served: 5110

SESSIONS SERVED

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 54B
Elected: 11/4/2014
Residence: Hastings
Term of Office: 1/6/2015 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Dakota, Washington
Occupation: Small-Business Owner
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2015 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2015 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance (Chair) Minutes
  • Mining & Outdoor Recreation Policy Minutes
  • Transportation Policy & Finance Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 54B
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Hastings
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Dakota, Washington
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy Minutes
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 57B
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Hastings
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Dakota, Washington
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2011 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance (Chair) Minutes
  • Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance: Energy Minutes [The Energy Subcommittee was created in 2012.]
  • Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance: Legacy Funding Division Minutes
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 57B
Elected: 11/4/2008
Residence: Hastings
Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Dakota, Washington
Occupation: Small Business Owner, Hoffman and McNamara Nursery and Landscaping
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment Policy and Oversight Minutes
  • Environment Policy and Oversight: Game, Fish and Forestry Division Minutes
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Housing Finance and Policy and Public Health Finance Division Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 57B
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Hastings
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
Counties Represented: Dakota, Washington
Occupation: Small Business Owner, Hoffman and McNamara Nursery and Landscape
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Minutes
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Game, Fish and Forestry Division Minutes
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division: Drinking Water Source Protection Minutes
  • Finance: Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes
Leadership Position: Minority Whip

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 57B
Elected: 11/2/2004
Residence: Hastings
Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Dakota, Washington
Occupation: Small Business Owner, Hoffman and McNamara Nursery and Landscape
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Environment and Natural Resources Minutes
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 57B
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: Hastings
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
Counties Represented: Dakota, Washington
Occupation: Co-Owner, Nursery and Landscape Business; Landscape Contractor, Hoffman and McNamara Nursery and Landscape
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance Minutes
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy Minutes
  • Higher Education Finance Minutes
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Whip
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2016 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2014 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2010 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2006 House Interview


Articles & Books About
Cook, Mike. "Prepared for Work: Scars from the Campaign Trail Have Not Dampened McNamara's Desire to Deliver What Minnesotans Expect of Their Legislators." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 7, 2003



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