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Alec G. Olson

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Alec Gehard Olson (born September 11, 1930) is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a former state senator, who served as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota. He was born in Mamre Township in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota.[1]

Alec Olson
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Olson as a U.S. Representative in 1963
40th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
December 29, 1976 – January 3, 1979
GovernorRudy Perpich
Preceded byRudy Perpich
Succeeded byLou Wangberg
1st President of the Minnesota Senate
In office
January 1973 – December 29, 1976
Preceded byRudy Perpich
(as lieutenant governor)*
Succeeded byEdward J. Gearty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
Preceded byFred Marshall
Succeeded byJohn M. Zwach
Member of the Minnesota Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1930-09-11) September 11, 1930 (age 89)
Mamre Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
Political partyMinnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Janice Ruth Albrecht (m. 1957)
ProfessionInsurance representative, farmer
  • From statehood until 1973, the lieutenant governor served as state senate president. Starting in 1973, senate presidents were selected from the body.

Olson attended public schools and graduated from Willmar High School in 1948. He farmed between 1948 and 1955, and was an insurance representative from 1955 to 1962. He was active in the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party from 1952 to 1962, serving as a district chairman for four years. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1960, 1964 and 1968.[1]

Olson served in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 3, 1963, to January 3, 1967, during the 88th and 89th congresses. He lost his bid for re-election in 1966.[1][2]

Olson served in the Minnesota Senate from 1969 to 1976 and was president of the state senate in 1973. When Wendell Anderson resigned the governorship to become a U.S. Senator in 1976, Olson became the lieutenant governor; he served from December 29, 1976 – January 3, 1979, and was Rudy Perpich's running mate in Minnesota's 1978 gubernatorial race.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present – Legislator Record – Olson, Alec Gehard". Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "OLSON, Alec Gehard – Biographical Information". Retrieved July 20, 2010.

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