Anderson graduated from Wadena High School. He attended the University of North Dakota, graduating with a B.S. in Airway Science - Aircraft Systems Management.
1980 Anderson was a youth delegate at the Republican National Convention in Detroit, Michigan, whereupon Ronald Reagan was endorsed as the GOP Presidential Nominee. 1980, 1982 and 1986 Anderson was a volunteer for the Don Anderson For State Senate campaigns. 1992 Anderson was an alternate delegate for the Cass County Republican Party. 1994 Anderson was a volunteer for the Pat McGowan For Hennepin County Sheriff committee.
Anderson was first elected (58%) to the Minnesota House of Representatives on November 6, 2012 and reelected (64%) on November 4, 2014.
Anderson's 2013-2014 committee appointments: Civil Law, Education Policy, Transportation Policy. Legislation introduced by Anderson as chief author during the Minnesota 88th Legislative Session:HF1495. a bill to regulate verdict, award and judgment interest.
HF2330. a bonding bill for Staples Central Lake College for campus rightsizing and renovation.
HF2362. a bill modifying shotgun use areas for deer hunting.
HF2363. a bill granting and appropriating "Support Our Troops" funds to Eagle's Healing Nest. (Reassigned to Representative Paul Anderson.)
HF2592. a bill clarifying authorization for brewery growler refills.
HF3161. a bill authorizing Wadena County to sell tax-forfeited land that borders public waters.
Anderson's 2015-2016 committee appointments: Agriculture Policy, Agriculture Finance, Mining & Outdoor Recreation Policy, State Government Finance, Transportation Policy & Finance.
The Silencer Bill: Anderson was Chief Author of HF1434., a bill to repeal the Minnesota prohibition of firearm suppressor possession. The bill was first introduced on March 4, 2015. It passed the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee on March 12, 2015. It passed (89-40) in the Minnesota House of Representative on April 16, 2015. The bill was attached to the Senate Conference Committee bill (SF878.), repassed (116-15) as amended by the Minnesota House on May 17, 2015. The Governor signed the bill into law on May 22, 2015. The statute allowing legal suppressor possession in Minnesota took effect on July 1, 2015.
Other legislation introduced by Anderson as chief author during the Minnesota 89th Legislative Session:HF594. a bill dedicating aviation tax on gasoline revenues as a substitute for aviation gasoline to the state airports fund.
HF1028. a bill exempting military retirement pay from Minnesota taxation.
HF1030. a bill abolishing employer withholding state income taxes on wages, and establishing monthly payment of employee state income taxes on wages.
HF1032. a bill abolishing malt liquor 3.2 percent classification.
HF1371. a bill dedicating 40% of State Lottery net proceeds for local roads and bridges.
HF1448. a bill requiring DNR sale of donated land with proceeds dedicated to trunk highway fund.
HF2027. a bill authorizing Cass County to sell tax-forfeited land.
HF2092. a bill making changes to public assistance programs: limiting the use of electronic benefit transfer cards, prohibiting purchase of foods with limited nutritional value; modifying Minnesota residency requirements to 90 days; establishing asset standards for public assistance programs; establishing a family cap for MFIP; requiring mandatory testing for controlled substances for applicants, recipients of general assistance and MFIP.
HF2256. a bill repealing Minnesota individual income and corporate franchise taxes.
HF2257. a bill repealing Minnesota sales and use taxes.
HF2258. a bill amending the Minnesota Constitution, establishing State Legislator term limits.
HF2259. a bill limiting total state fiscal year spending to 5% of personal income.
HF2466. a bill repealing MNsure and Minnesota Rules governing MNsure.
HF2468. a bill providing a general fund grant to Eagle's Healing Nest.
HF2479. a bill regulating Minnesota business license fees, establishing a $100 maximum annual fee.
HF2481. a bill establishing a dedicated general assistance fund; establishing a Minnesota income tax form contribution checkoff; modifying and limiting general assistance funding to proceeds collected only from Minnesota income tax form contributions.
HF2482. a bill expanding malt liquor packaging for off-sale by a brew pub or small breweries.
HF2483. a bill assessing civil and criminal penalties for employers of illegal immigrants; first offense $10,000 per infraction, second offense $50,000 per infraction (a gross misdemeanor).
HF2484. a bill modifying punishments for traffic regulation convictions; replacing petty misdemeanor fines up to $300 with community service or driver's license suspension.
HF2485. a bill prohibiting registration or licensure of unmanned aircraft systems by state government agencies.
HF2488. a bill repealing Minnesota state and local property taxes.
HF2489. a bill prohibiting civil court judges from applying foreign law in certain cases.
HF3078. a bill authorizing Cass County conveyance of tax-forfeited land.
HF3160. a bill modifying night vision possession restrictions; authorizing ammunition manufacturers night vision possession for field testing ammunition.
February 15, 2016, Anderson announced he will not seek a third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. His term expired on January 2, 2017.
Anderson is married to his wife, Barb. They have four children, three of which are his stepchildren. Anderson resides in Lake Shore, Minnesota. He is a professional pilot and a businessman.
Anderson is a National Aeronautics Association (NAA) aviation record holder (listed in the book 2003 U.S. And World Aviation & Space Records), for setting the fastest time to fly around the border of the continental U.S. (1 day, 21 hours, 27 minutes). He also received a Recognition Award - NAA's Most Memorable Record - by setting this record on December 17, 2003, overflying Kitty Hawk, NC within the exact hour of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brother's commemorative flight.
Anderson holds a black belt in Karate, achieved under martial arts training supervision of Grand Masters Gordon Franks and Pat Worley.
Anderson is the son of former Minnesota State Senator Don A. Anderson (and Violet Anderson) who served 1983-1990.