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Length of Service - All Members

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Service is counted in number of days, not in years, sessions, or terms. Counting days in office accounts for partial terms of current legislators as they serve in the Legislature. Former members may also have partial terms due to special elections, resignation, or death.

Representative Lyndon Carlson became both the longest-serving legislator on the January 3, 2017 and the longest serving member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. 

His term of service is followed by three legislators who are tied for second-longest-serving legislator. Representative Phyllis Kahn is the second longest serving member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and is tied in length of service with two legislators who served in both bodies--Anton J. Rockne and Carl Iverson.  (Anton J. Rockne has the longest Senate tenure.) 

Donald Wright's length of service would be tied with Iverson and Rockne's if his four-month service as Lieutenant Governor in late 1954 is counted as legislative service.

All Members  —  Current House  —  Current Senate  —  All House  —  All Senate
All Members - 5321 Records
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NameService InformationTotal Service Days (sorted descending)
Carlson, Sr., Lyndon R. House 1973-82 (District 44A); House 1983-2002 (District 46B); House 2003-2012 (District 45B); House 2013-Present (District 45A) 16908
Iverson, Carl M. House 1919-30 (District 48); Senate 1931-34 (District 48); House 1939-62 (District 48); House 1963-66 (District 24) 16072
Kahn, Phyllis L. House 1973-82 (District 57A); House 1983-92 (District 58B); House 1993-2012 (District 59B); House 2013-2016 (District 60B) 16072
Rockne, Anton Julius House 1903-10 (District 29); Senate 1911-14 (District 29); Senate 1915-46 (District 19) 16072
Wright, Sr., Donald Orr House 1927-34 (District 30); Senate 1935-54 (District 30); Senate 1955-62 (District 30); Senate 1963-70 (District 38) 15950
Munger, Sr., Willard M. House 1955-64 (District 59); House 1967-72 (District 59B); House 1973-99 (District 7A) 15532
Murphy, Mary Catherine House 1977-82 (District 14B); House 1983-2002 (District 8A): House 2003-2012 (District 6B); House 2013-Present (District 3B) 15445
Metzen, James P. House 1975-82 (District 52A); House 1983-86 (District 39B); Senate 1987-2012 (District 39); Senate 2013-2016 (District 52) 15162
Day, Walter E. House 1919-34 (District 65); House 1937-60 (District 65) 14609
Dunn, Roy Emery House 1925-30 (District 50); House 1933-62 (District 50); House 1963-66 (District 55) 14609
Berglin, Linda Lee House 1973-80 (District 59A); Senate 1981-82 (District 59); Senate 1983-92 (District 60); Senate 1993-2011 (District 61) 14105
Cohen, Richard J. House 1977-78 (District 63B); House 1983-86 (District 64B); Senate 1987-2012 (District 64); Senate 2013-Present (District 64) 13983
Orr, Charles Noah House 1911-14 (District 37); Senate 1915-49 (District 42) 13888
Chilgren, Edwin J. House 1927-62 (District 62); House 1963-64 (District 64) 13881
Clark, Karen J. House 1981-82 (District 59A); House 1983-92 (District 60A); House 1993-2012 (District 61A); House 2013-2018 (District 62A) 13881
Wanvick, Arne C. House 1933-40 (District 58); House 1943-62 (District 58); House 1963-64 (District 60); Senate 1965-70 (District 60) 13153
Langseth, Keith L. House 1975-78 (District 9B); Senate 1981-2012 (District 9) 13147
Stumpf, LeRoy A. House 1981-82 (District 1B); Senate 1983-2012 (District 1); Senate 2013-2016 (District 1) 13146
Carley, James A. House 1909-10 (District 3); Senate 1915-30 (District 3); Senate 1935-52 (District 3) 12910
Pappas, Sandra L. House 1985-90 (District 65B); Senate 1991-2012 (District 65); Senate 2013-Present (District 65) 12519
Rest, Ann H. House 1985-2000 (District 46A); Senate 2001-2002 (District 46); Senate 2003-2012 (District 45); Senate 2013-Present (District 45) 12519
Swenson, Oscar A. House 1913-14 (District 20); House 1915-32 (District 15); Senate 1937-50 (District 15) 12430
Dirlam, Aubrey W. House 1941-62 (District 14); House 1963-66 (District 17); House 1967-72 (District 17A); House 1973-74 (District 21B) 12418
Hartle, John A. House 1935-62 (District 16); House 1963-66 (District 8); House 1967-68 (District 3A) 12418
Imm, Val House 1933-34 (District 8); Senate 1935-62 (District 8); Senate 1963-66 (District 11) 12418
Larson, Norman J. Senate 1939-62 (District 64); Senate 1963-66 (District 65); Senate 1967-70 (District 66) 12418
Lightner, Milton C. House 1921-30 (District 40); Senate 1931-54 (District 40) 12418
Mueller, August B. House 1941-66 (District 15); House 1967-72 (District 15B); House 1973-74 (District 23A) 12418
Prifrel, Jr., Joseph L. House 1939-62 (District 38); House 1963-66 (District 47); House 1967-72 (District 45A) 12418
Anderson, Irvin N. House 1965-66 (District 64); House 1967-72 (District 64B); House 1973-82 (District 3A); House 1991-2006 (District 3A) 12412
Marty, John J. Senate 1987-92 (District 63); Senate 1993-2012 (District 54); Senate 2013-Present (District 66) 11791
Pelowski, Jr., Gene P. House 1987-92 (District 34B); House 1993-2002 (District 32A); House 2003-2012 (District 31A); House 2013-Present (District 28A) 11791
Wagenius, Jean D. House 1987-92 (District 62B); House 1993-2002 (District 63A); House 2003-2012 (District 62B); House 2013-Present (District 63B) 11791
Masek, Joseph H. House 1923-30 (District 39); House 1933-36 (District 39); Senate 1939-58 (District 39) 11697
Jaros, Mike House 1973-80 (District 7B); House 1985-2008 (District 7B) 11690
Johnson, Douglas J. House 1971-72 (District 63); House 1973-76 (District 6B); Senate 1977-2002 (District 6) 11690
Moe, Roger D. Senate 1971-72 (District 66); Senate 1973-2002 (District 2) 11690
Wahlstrand, Harry Levine House 1929-36 (District 25); Senate 1939-62 (District 25) 11690
Samuelson, Donald B. House 1969-72 (District 53B); House 1973-78 (District 13A); House 1981-82 (District 13A); Senate 1983-92 (District 13); Senate 1993-2002 (District 12) 11684
Zwach, Sr., John Matthew House 1935-46 (District 14); Senate 1947-62 (District 14); Senate 1963-66 (District 17) 11683
Carr, Homer Meade House 1933-34 (District 59); Senate 1935-64 (District 59) 11370
Solon, Sam George House 1971-72 (District 60); Senate 1973-2001 (District 7) 11316
Pogemiller, Lawrence J. House 1981-82 (District 55A); Senate 1983-92 (District 58); Senate 1993-2011 (District 59) 11263
Limmer, Warren E. House 1989-92 (District 48A); House 1993-95 (District 33B); Senate 1995-2002 (District 33); Senate 2003-2012 (District 32); Senate 2013-Present (District 34) 11064
Johnson, C. Elmer House 1933-34 (District 56); Senate 1935-62 (District 56) 10962
Johnson, John A. House 1921-30 (District 1); House 1939-48 (District 1); Senate 1949-58 (District 1) 10962
Olson, Gen Senate 1983-92 (District 43); Senate 1993-2002 (District 34); Senate 2003-2012 (District 33) 10962
Bergerud, Alfred L. House 1941-42 (District 34); House 1945-50 (District 30); House 1951-58 (District 36); Senate 1959-62 (District 36); Senate 1963-66 (District 33); Senate 1967-72 (District 29) 10955
Frederickson, Dennis R. Senate 1981-82 (District 28); Senate 1983-2002 (District 23); Senate 2003-2010 (District 21) 10955
Ribenack, Edward R. House 1911-14 (District 50); House 1915-16 (District 58); Senate 1919-42 (District 58) 10955
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