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Al Quie
35th Governor of Minnesota

In office
January 4, 1979 – January 3, 1983
Lieutenant Lou Wangberg
Preceded by Rudy Perpich
Succeeded by Rudy Perpich
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
February 18, 1958 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by August Andresen
Succeeded by Arlen Erdahl
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 18th district

In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1958
Preceded by Homer Covert
Succeeded by Arnin Sundet
Personal details
Born September 18, 1923(1923-09-18) (age 98)
Dennison, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gretchen Hansen (m. 1948)
Children 5

Quie in 1977

Albert Harold "Al" Quie (born September 18, 1923) is an American politician who served as the 35th governor of Minnesota from January 4, 1979, to January 3, 1983.[1]

State and national government service[]

A Republican, Quie was a member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1955 to 1958, representing the old 18th District, which encompassed Rice County in the southeastern part of the state.[2] He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election after the death of Representative August Andresen, and served from February 18, 1958, to January 3, 1979. He was a member of the 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, 93rd, 94th and 95th Congresses.[3]

Quie was briefly considered for Vice President of the United States in 1974 after Gerald Ford became president upon the resignation of Richard Nixon. The position was eventually taken by Nelson Rockefeller.[4]

Quie was elected governor of Minnesota in 1978.[1] During his single term, he dealt with an extreme budget crisis, and made some very tough and unpopular choices. He opted not to run again in 1982.[5]

Background, education, and family[]

Quie was born on his family's farm near Dennison, Minnesota, in Rice County. Three of his grandparents were Norwegian immigrants.[6] He served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield in 1950 with a degree in political science.

Quie's wife, artist and former First Lady of Minnesota Gretchen Quie, died of Parkinson's disease on December 13, 2015, at the age of 88.[7]

In popular culture[]

In Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Days, Quie is said to be the first governor ever to set foot in the mythical town of Lake Wobegon, "slipping quietly away from his duties to attend a ceremony dedicating a plaque attached to the Statue of the Unknown Norwegian" and making a few remarks.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Al (Albert Harold) Quie : Governors of Minnesota Archived June 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Mnhs.Org. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  2. Minnesota Legislators Past & Present – Legislator Record – Quie, Albert Harold "Al". Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  3. QUIE, Albert Harold – Biographical Information. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  4. The Talent Search – Time. (August 19, 1974). Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  5. Crossing the partisan divide: Minnesota budgets and politics in the 1980s Archived June 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. MinnPost. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  6. "United States Census, 1930". Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  7. Salisbury, Bill (2015-12-14). "Gretchen Quie, opened governor's house to public, dies at 88". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 

External links[]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
August Andresen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Arlen Erdahl
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Johnson
Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Wheelock Whitney
Political offices
Preceded by
Rudy Perpich
Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Rudy Perpich

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