Irv Anderson

Irv Anderson DEMDemocrat

American politician

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Irv AndersonDEMDemocrat American politician
Age at Death1923-2008
Years of Experience
MNResidence (state)

Irvin Neil Anderson (June 18, 1923 – November 17, 2008) was a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1965 to 1983, and again from 1991 to 2007.From International Falls, Anderson entered politics at approximately the same time that he was elected union president at the M & O Paper Company, the International Falls paper mill where he worked. A Democrat, he represented the old District 64 and 64B and, later, District 3A. The sprawling district included all or portions of Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis counties in the northern part of the state.Anderson served as majority leader of the House from 1973 to 1981, and again, briefly, in 1993 before becoming Speaker of the House in September 1993, a position he held until 1997. He continued to serve in the legislature until 2007, opting not to run for re-election in 2006 due to health concerns.Anderson fought in World War II as a United States Navy pilot from 1942 to 1945, earning the Air Medal for his performance. The Air Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes themselves by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. He also helped create Minnesota's memorial to World War II veterans.Anderson died at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids on November 17, 2008. He was buried in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Cemetery in International Falls. On April 15, 2009, Governor Tim Pawlenty approved a bill designating U.S. Highway 53 from Virginia to International Falls as the Irv Anderson Memorial Highway.

Education3 - 3 of 1
University of Minnesota
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
Minnesota State House of Representatives
1991 - 2007
Speaker of the House
Minnesota State House of Representatives
1995 - 1996
Minnesota State House of Representatives
1965 - 1983
Quality Control
Boise Cascade
1960 - 1998
United States Navy
1946 - 1947
Other Experience1 - 5 of 5
Veterans of Foreign Wars
National Rifle Association
American Legion
Koochiching Economic Devolopment
2002 - Current