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Politician members in Minnesota

  David Ferdinand Durenberger (b. 1934) — also known as David F. Durenberger — of South St. Paul, Dakota County, Minn.; Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in St. Cloud, Stearns County, Minn., August 19, 1934. Republican. Lawyer; executive secretary to Gov. Harold LeVander, 1967; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1978-95. Catholic. Member, Jaycees; Knights of Columbus; Elks; Lions. Investigated in 1990 by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics over allegations that he had broken rules restricting Senators' outside income, in particular by laundering about $100,000 in speaking fees into book royalties. Denounced by unanimous vote of the Senate in July 1990 for bringing "dishonor and disrepute" to the body. Subsequently he was disbarred; in 1995 he pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of misusing his congressional expense account. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Charles L. Halsted (1894-1968) — of Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minn. Born in Ellendale, Dickey County, N.Dak., September 23, 1894. Democrat. Member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 53, 1937-46, 1953-66; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960; Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1948. Protestant. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Lions; Moose; Odd Fellows. Died in Crow Wing County, Minn., February 19, 1968 (age 73 years, 149 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Minn.
  Relatives: Married to Myrtle Gamble.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
  Halvor Langdon Halvorson (b. 1881) — also known as Halvor L. Halvorson — of Minot, Ward County, N.Dak. Born in Henning, Otter Tail County, Minn., August 15, 1881. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Minot, N.Dak., 1911-15; candidate for U.S. Representative from North Dakota, 1912 (3rd District), 1942 (Democratic, at-large); delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1916 (member, Credentials Committee), 1944 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee; speaker), 1948; candidate for Governor of North Dakota, 1924. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Sons of Norway; Izaak Walton League; Lions; American Bar Association. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John C. Halvorson and Juliana (Christenson) Halvorson; married to Nina C. Knudson.
  Timothy W. Jones (b. 1971) — also known as Tim Jones — of Eureka, St. Louis County, Mo. Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., May 25, 1971. Republican. Lawyer; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 2007-14 (89th District 2007-12, 110th District 2013-14); Speaker of the Missouri State House of Representatives, 2012-14; in 2009, was a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by Orly Taitz, alleging Barack Obama was not a "natural born citizen"; the case was dismissed; delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2012, 2016 (alternate); radio show host. Catholic. Member, Lions. Still living as of 2016.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Odin Elsford Stanley Langen (1913-1976) — also known as Odin Langen — of Kennedy, Kittson County, Minn. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., January 5, 1913. Republican. Farmer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 67, 1951-58; U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1959-71 (9th District 1959-63, 7th District 1963-71); delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1964, 1968. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Lions. Died July 6, 1976 (age 63 years, 183 days). Interment at Red River Cemetery, Red River, Minn.
  Relatives: Married to Lillian Clauson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Minnesota Legislator record
  Samuel G. Nagel (1901-1963) — of Edgeley, LaMoure County, N.Dak. Born in Tripp, Hutchinson County, S.Dak., January 14, 1901. Democrat. Retail liquor dealer; mayor of Edgeley, N.D.; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1944 (member, Credentials Committee). Catholic. Volga German ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Lions. Died in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minn., October 11, 1963 (age 62 years, 270 days). Interment at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Edgeley, N.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of George Nagel and Katharina (Flechtner) Nagel; married, September 24, 1924, to Mary J. Conlon.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Richard W. O'Dea (1916-1998) — also known as Dick O'Dea — of Willernie, Washington County, Minn.; Mahtomedi, Washington County, Minn. Born July 7, 1916. Member of Minnesota state house of representatives, 1953-72 (District 43 1953-62, District 50 1963-66, District 8 1967-72). Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Lions. Died, from cancer, January 10, 1998 (age 81 years, 187 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Minnesota Legislator record
E. W. Rowell Ellsworth Wagner Rowell (1886-1953) — also known as E. W. Rowell; "Bert" — of Casper, Natrona County, Wyo.; Anchorage, Alaska. Born in California, March 29, 1886. Republican. Locomotive engineer; printing business; mayor of Casper, Wyo., 1930-33; defeated, 1927, 1933, 1935, 1937; candidate for Governor of Wyoming, 1932. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Moose; Elks; Lions. Died, following surgery for a brain tumor, in the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Olmsted County, Minn., May 27, 1953 (age 67 years, 59 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Married, November 2, 1906, to Daphne Cohen; married 1933 to Izetta mae Daugaard.
  Image source: Casper (Wyoming) Tribune-Herald, November 4, 1931
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