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David Minge

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
In office
Preceded by Vin Weber
Succeeded by Mark Kennedy

Born March 19, 1942 (1942-03-19) (age 67)
Clarkfield, Minnesota
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor

David R. Minge (born March 19, 1942) is an American politician and judge. Minge was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor 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.

Minge was born in Clarkfield, Minnesota, and 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 was an attorney for several years, before taking a job as a law professor at the University of Wyoming. He was also a consultant to the House Judiciary Committee.

Minge was elected to 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.

In 2002, Governor Jesse Ventura appointed Minge to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He is married to Karen Aaker Minge, originally of Gaylord, Minnesota.[1] They have two sons, Erik and Olaf, and four grandchildren (Christopher, Sonja, Annika, and Jocelyn).

Electoral history

Minnesota's 2nd congressional district: Results 1992–2000[2]
Year DFL Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1992 David Minge 132,156 48% Cal R. Ludeman 131,587 48% Stan Bentz Independent 12,246 4% *
1994 David Minge 114,289 52% Gary B. Revier 98,881 45% Stan Bentz Independent 6,535 3% *
1996 David Minge 144,083 55% Gary B. Revier 107,807 41% Stan Bentz Reform 10,283 4% *
1998 David Minge 148,933 57% Craig Duehring 99,490 38% Stan Bentz Reform 12,319 5% *
2000 David Minge 138,802 48% Mark Kennedy 138,957 48% Gerald Brekke Independence 7,875 3% Ron Helwig Libertarian 1,929 1% *
*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.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Vin Weber
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Mark Kennedy


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