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Quentin Northrup Burdick


In office
August 8, 1960 – September 8, 1992
Preceded by C. Norman Brunsdale
Succeeded by Jocelyn Burdick

Born June 19, 1908(1908-06-19)
Munich, North Dakota
Died September 8, 1992 (aged 84)
Fargo, North Dakota
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jocelyn Burdick
Religion Congregational church

Quentin Northrup Burdick (June 19, 1908 – September 8, 1992) was a United States Senator from North Dakota from August 8, 1960 until his death in 1992. Prior to that he had served in the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1959 to August 8, 1960. He was the son of NPL North Dakota Congressman Usher L. Burdick.

Burdick received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Law School.

Like his father, Quentin Burdick was a member of the progressive Non-Partisan League, which placed its candidates on the Republican Party primary ballot until 1956, when the NPL aligned with the Democratic Party and became the Democratic-NPL.

He secured a full six-year term in the heavily Democratic year of 1964, having defeated Republican Thomas Kleppe, later a member of the U.S. House from North Dakota and the United States Secretary of the Interior. Burdick also defeated Kleppe in 1970, another national Democratic year. Burdick became the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 1987.

After his death his widow, Jocelyn Birch Burdick, was appointed to fill his unexpired term until a special election. At time of his death, Burdick was third longest-serving Senator among current members of this body, after Strom Thurmond of South Carolina and Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Usher L. Burdick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 2nd congressional district

1959 – 1960
Succeeded by
Hjalmar Carl Nygaard
United States Senate
Preceded by
C. Norman Brunsdale
United States Senator (Class 1) from North Dakota
1960 – 1992
Served alongside: Milton Young, Mark Andrews, Kent Conrad
Succeeded by
Jocelyn Burdick
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Stafford
Chairman of Senate Environment and
Public Works Committee

1987 – 1992
Succeeded by
Pat Moynihan
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