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Frederick, Marcel "Sal"

House 1985-92 (District 24B)

Party when first elected:  Independent Republican

Counties Served:  Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 4/17/1926
Birth Place: Mankato, Minnesota
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 9/24/2012
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Sal
City of Residence (when first elected): Mankato
Occupation (when first elected): Consultant

EDUCATION

Mankato High School; Secondary; 1944

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: (American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Member); 19?? to 19??
Municipal Board/Commission: Mankato Township, Minnesota (Planning Commissioner); 19?? to 19??
Military: United States Army (World War II, Company 6, 34th Infantry, 24th Division); 1944 to ?

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Rose Mary Kelly (married on October 1, 1949, she died in 2003)
Children: Six children: Kathryn, Victoria, Rebecca, Mary, Molly, and Peggy (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1987-88.

He was the founder of the Happy Chef restaurant chain.

His funeral was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato on September 28, 2012. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Mankato.

Total Days Served: 2919

SESSIONS SERVED

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 24B
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: Mankato
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca
Occupation: Business Consultant
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance and Farm Programs
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Resources
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Regulation Division
  • General Legislation, Veterans Affairs, and Gaming
  • General Legislation, Veterans Affairs, and Gaming: Veterans Affairs Division

76th Legislative Session (1989-1990)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 24B
Elected: 11/8/1988
Residence: Mankato
Term of Office: 1/3/1989 to 1/7/1991
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca
Occupation: Business Consultant
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Resources
  • Commerce
  • Commerce: Consumer Affairs
  • Education
  • Education: Higher Education Division
  • General Legislation, Veterans Affairs and Gaming
  • General Legislation, Veterans Affairs and Gaming: Gaming Division
  • General Legislation, Veterans Affairs and Gaming: Veterans Affairs

75th Legislative Session (1987-1988)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 24B
Elected: 11/4/1986
Residence: Mankato
Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/2/1989
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca
Occupation: Business Consultant/Founder and Retired President, Happy Chef Restaurants
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance Division
  • Agriculture: Farm Programs and Policies
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Conservation
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance: Financial Institutions
  • Future and Technology
  • Future and Technology: Biotechnology
  • Future and Technology: Telecommunication
  • Local and Urban Affairs

74th Legislative Session (1985-1986)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 24B
Elected: 11/6/1984
Residence: Mankato
Term of Office: 1/8/1985 to 1/5/1987
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca
Occupation: Consultant
Party: Independent Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agricultural Products Marketing
  • Commerce and Economic Development
  • Commerce and Economic Development: Commerce and Regulation
  • Commerce and Economic Development: Liquor
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs: Gambling and Related Issues
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs: Veterans Affairs
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Property Tax Study Commission
Articles & Books About
Ross, Jenna. "Marcel 'Sal' Frederick: 'Happy Chef' started as Army cook." Star Tribune, September 28, 2012.

"Frederick, Marcel 'Sal.'" Star Tribune, September 26, 2012.

"Marcel 'Sal' Frederick, 86: He founded Happy Chef chain, served in the state House." Pioneer Press, September 26, 2012

"Former legislator, Happy Chef founder Sal Frederick dies in Mankato." MinnPost, September 25, 2012.

"Marcel 'Sal' Frederick." Mankato Free Press, September 25, 2012.





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