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Backlund, Gordon

House 1985-86 (District 51A)

Party when first elected:  Independent Republican

Counties Served:  Anoka, Ramsey


Date of Birth: 11/5/1940
Birth Place: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Birth County: Ramsey
Birth Country:
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Fridley
Occupation (when first elected): Sales


University of Minnesota; B.S.; Electrical Engineering
University of Iowa; M.B.A.;


School Board/Administration: Fridley; 1989 to ?


Spouse: Linda
Children: Two children: Melanie (daughter); Mark (son, deceased)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Daniel J. Knuth  - Brother-in-Law
Katherine Knuth  - Niece


He ran unsuccessfully as the Independent Republican party endorsed candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1986 and 1988 elections.

Religion provided by the member.

Total Days Served: 728


74th Legislative Session (1985-1986)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 51A
Elected: 11/6/1984
Residence: Fridley
Term of Office: 1/8/1985 to 1/5/1987
Counties Represented: Anoka, Ramsey
Occupation: Sales
Party: Independent Republican
  • Education
  • Education: Education Finance Division
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Environment
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs: Elections
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs: Firearms
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Civil Laws and Administration
Session Notes: His margin of victory over Sharon Coleman was only 59 votes so a recount occurred. After the recount he was declared the winner by 54 votes.
Ran in next election? Yes. Defeated in general election
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