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Paul Overgaard
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 9th district

In office
January 5, 1971 – January 1, 1973
Preceded by Rudolph Hanson
Succeeded by Robert "Baldy, C.R." Hansen
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
January 8, 1963 – January 6, 1969
Preceded by Edmond Conn
Succeeded by Henry J. Savelkoul
Personal details
Born February 15, 1930(1930-02-15) (age 91)
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Janet
Children 5
Residence Albert Lea, Minnesota
Occupation legislator
Religion Lutheran
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1948–1953
Rank First Lieutenant
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Silver Star
Purple Heart

Paul Overgaard (born February 15, 1930) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota Senate and the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represented District 9(present-day district 27) in the Senate and 9A(present-day district 27A) in the House, which includes portions of Freeborn and Waseca counties in the southeastern part of Minnesota.[1]

Education, Military and Career[]

Born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Overgaard graduated from Albert Lea High School. Overgaard served in the military from 1948-1953 and fought in the Korean War. Overgaard spent the morning of his 21st birthday on February 15, 1951 in a firefight where he parachuted twice, led a company of soldiers in battle after his commander and fellow platoon leaders fell, and sustained a gunshot wound in his thigh forceful enough to send shrapnel into his ankle and heel. Overgaard helped win the battle that erupted at 3 a.m. on his birthday in part by calling off friendly fire that would have produced a tragic result had it continued unchecked. Overgaard was awarded a Silver Star, a Purple Heart, and an article and photo in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on June 11, 1951, announcing his return to Albert Lea, then stateside service in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. After his return from Korea, Overgaard was a grain farmer, worked for Mutual Funds Securities as an Investment Adviser, and as Vice-President of Imperial Financial Services, Inc.[2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[]

Elections[]

Overgaard was first elected in 1962. He was re-elected in 1964 and 1966. In 1968, he decided not to seek re-election in 1968.

1966 Minnesota State Representative- House 9A[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DFL Bernard W. Jackson 4268 45.6
Republican Paul Overgaard (incumbent) 5097 54.4
1964 Minnesota State Representative- House 9[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DFL Edmond F. Conn 7517 47.60
Republican Paul Overgaard (incumbent) 8263 52.40
1962 Minnesota State Representative- House 9[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DFL Edmond F. Conn (incumbent) 6579 48.6
Republican Paul Overgaard 6962 51.4

Committee Assignments[]

For the 65th Legislative Session, Overgaard was a part of:

  • Civil Administration Committee
  • Employees Compensation Committee
  • Highways Committee
  • Recreation and Water Resources Committee
  • Taxes Committee
  • University and College Committee

For the 64th Legislative Session, Overgaard was a part of:

  • Employees Compensation Committee
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Highways Committee
  • Municipal Affairs Committee
  • Taxes Committee

For the 63rd Legislative Session, Overgaard was a part of:

  • Cooperatives and Marketing Committee
  • Employees Compensation Committee
  • Industrial and Employee Relations Committee
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs Committee
  • Municipal Affairs Committee
  • Recreation and Water Resources Committee

Tenure[]

Overgaard represented District 31A in the Minnesota House of Representatives from January 8, 1963 to January 6, 1969(63rd, 64th, and 65th Legislative Sessions).

Minnesota Senate[]

Elections[]

Overgaard was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1970. He lost re-election in 1972.

1972 Minnesota State Senator- Senate 9[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DFL C. R. Baldy Hansen 13085 53.38
Republican Paul Overgaard (incumbent) 11426 46.62
1970 Minnesota State Senator- Senate 9[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DFL Elroy (Al) Schulz 9629 49.80
Republican Paul Overgaard 9718 50.20

Committee Assignments[]

For the 67th Legislative Session, Overgaard was a part of:

  • Civil Administration Committee
  • Commerce and Insurance Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Labor Relations Committee
  • Local Government Committee
  • Regulated Industries Committee

Tenure[]

Overgaard was sworn in on January 5, 1971, serving in the 67th Minnesota Legislature.

Personal life[]

Overgaard is married to his wife, Janet. They have five daughters and live in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

References[]

  1. "Overgaard, Paul". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/legdb/fulldetail.asp?ID=11088. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  2. http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/221866961.html
  3. "Results for State Representative District 9A". Minnesota Secretary of State. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/sessions/electionresults/1966-11-08-g-man.pdf. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  4. "Results for State Representative District 9". Minnesota Secretary of State. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/sessions/electionresults/1964-11-03-g-man.pdf. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  5. "Results for State Representative District 9". Minnesota Secretary of State. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/sessions/electionresults/1962-11-06-g-man.pdf. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Results for State Senate District 9". Minnesota Secretary of State. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/sessions/electionresults/1972-11-07-g-sec.pdf. Retrieved February 13, 2015.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Minnesota Secretary of State: Election Results" defined multiple times with different content

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Preceded by
Rudolph Hanson
Senator from the 9th district
1971–1973
Succeeded by
Charles Robert "Baldy, C.R." Hansen
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Preceded by
Edmund Conn
Member of the House of Representatives
from the 9A district
9 (1963–1967)

1963-1968
Succeeded by
Henry J. Savelkoul

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