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David Minge

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Appointed by  Jesse Ventura
Name  David Minge
Succeeded by  Mark Kennedy
Alma mater  St. Olaf College
Education  St. Olaf College
Children  Erik and Olaf
Spouse  Karen Aaker
Preceded by  Vin Weber
Role  American Political figure

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Born  March 19, 1942 (age 73) Clarkfield, Minnesota (1942-03-19)
Political party  Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Party  Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Books  Effect of Law on County and Municipal Expenditures, as Illustrated by the Wyoming Experience

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David R. Minge (born March 19, 1942) is a former American judge and political figure. David Minge served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002 until retiring at the end of March 2012. Previously, Minge was a Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party member of the United States House of Representatives serving in the 103rd, 104th, 105th, and 106th congresses, from 1993–2001, representing Minnesota's 2nd congressional district.


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Minge was born in Clarkfield, Minnesota and raised in Worthington, Minnesota. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. After earning his Juris Doctor, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he practiced law for several years. He was then offered a teaching position at the University of Wyoming Law School where he taught for seven years. David Minge then moved to Montevideo, Minnesota where he was part of a country law practice, on the school board, and actively involved in community affairs. During this time he was also a consultant to the House Judiciary Committee.

Minge was sworn into the House in 1993, and he became part of the Blue Dog Coalition consisting of moderate and conservative congressional Democrats. He was a champion of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), a federal-state partnership to improve water quality and protect the environment. Minge narrowly lost his campaign for a fifth term to Mark Kennedy in 2000. After his first election to the house, Minge opened a Congressional Field Office in Windom, Minnesota at which point the Windom City Council declared March 20, 1993 as "Congressman David Minge Day".

In 2002, Governor Jesse Ventura appointed Minge to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

He is married to Karen Aaker Minge, originally of Gaylord, Minnesota. They have two sons, Erik and Olaf, and four grandchildren (Christopher, Sonja, Annika, and Joy).

Electoral history

*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1992, write-ins received 414 votes. In 1994, write-ins received 80 votes. In 1996, write-ins received 180 votes. In 1998, write-ins received 385 votes. In 2000, Constitution Party candidate Dennis A. Burda received 1,337 votes.


David Minge's congressional files are available for research use. They include correspondence, subject files, legislative files, campaign files, press office files, photographs and video and sound recordings.


David Minge Wikipedia