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Wendell Anderson

In office
January 4, 1971 – December 29, 1976
Lieutenant Rudy Perpich
Preceded by Harold LeVander
Succeeded by Rudy Perpich

In office
December 30, 1976 – December 29, 1978
Preceded by Walter Mondale
Succeeded by Rudy Boschwitz

Born February 1, 1933 (1933-02-01) (age 76)
St. Paul, Minnesota Minnesota United States
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Mary Christine McKee
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Profession politician
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1956-1957

Wendell Richard "Wendy" Anderson, (born February 1, 1933) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is an American politician and was the 33rd Governor of Minnesota from January 4, 1971 to December 29, 1976. In late 1976, he resigned the governor's office in order to be named U.S. Senator to replace Walter Mondale, who had been elected Vice President of the United States. He served in the U.S. Senate from December 30, 1976 until his term ended on December 29, 1978.

During his younger years, Anderson was a member of the U.S. hockey team that won a silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics. He later earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and served in the United States Army during 1956 and 1957.

Anderson's signature accomplishment as governor was helping to create the "Minnesota Miracle of 1971," an innovative reform in financing of Minnesota public schools and local governments that created a fairer distribution in taxation and education. For his efforts, Anderson was featured on a 1973 cover of Time Magazine.[1] He was drafted by the Minnesota Fighting Saints in the inaugural World Hockey Association draft of 1972. While flattered, he chose to remain Governor.

Nearly the entire DFL Party ticket was defeated in 1978, including Gov. Rudy Perpich and the candidates for both U.S. Senate seats. Anderson's previous arrangement to have himself appointed to the Senate seat--and Perpich's role in that appointment--were deemed factors in the defeats.

From 1995 to 2001, Anderson served as a director for and head of the legal committee of Turbodyne Technologies Inc. (TRBD) in Carpinteria, California. Today, he is regularly called upon to act as a commentator on Minnesota politics for local stations such as KSTP-TV.



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Political offices
Preceded by
Harold R. LeVander
33rd Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Rudy Perpich
United States Senate
Preceded by
Walter Mondale
United States Senator (Class 2) from Minnesota
Served alongside: Hubert Humphrey, Muriel Humphrey, David Durenberger
Succeeded by
Rudy Boschwitz


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