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Graba, Jerome Clifford "Jerry"

House 1983-84 (District 12A)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena


Date of Birth: 7/29/1928
Birth Place: Minnesota
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 12/7/2004
Gender: Male
Religion: United Methodist
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Jerry
City of Residence (when first elected): Sebeka
Occupation (when first elected): Dairy farmer


Country School 21-1 (Orton Township); Elementary School;
Sebeka High School; Secondary; 1945


Military: United States Air Force (Korean Conflict); 1950 to ?


Spouse: Anna J. Haaland (married September 30, 1961)
Children: Three children: Ross and Roger (sons) and Lisa (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Joseph P. Graba  - Brother
Clifford C. Graba  - Father


"After high school, he worked in the fields of North Dakota during the summers and helped his dad and brother log during the winter months. In 1950, he enlisted in the Air Force and served as a radio operator on military aircraft during the Korean War. Shortly after returning from the service, he started dairy farming on the home farm northeast of Nimrod. As he did throughout his life, he logged during the winters and always enjoyed being in the woods. He married Anna Haaland on Sept. 30, 1960, and both of them took over the family farm. He was a member of and involved in many organizations. He was active in Farmers Union, National Farmers Organization; served on county and state Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Services committees for several years, served on the school board and was a state representative in the Minnesota Legislature. He served for many years as a director and member of the Central Minnesota Small Woodlot Owners Association and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sebeka and the American Legion. In 1986, the Grabas sold the dairy cows, and Mr Graba worked as a field representative for the Minnesota Farmers Union for several years." (Obituary, Wadena Pioneer Journal, December 15, 2004)

His funeral was held at the United Methodist Church in Sebeka, Minnesota. He was buried in Nimrod Cemetery in Nimrod, Minnesota. Religion provided by his obituary.

Total Days Served: 735


73rd Legislative Session (1983-1984)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12A
Elected: 11/2/1982
Residence: Sebeka
Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/7/1985
Counties Represented: Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Dairy farmer
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Energy: Housing
  • Transportation
  • Transportation: Highway and Motor Vehicle
Articles & Books About
"Jerome Clifford 'Jerry" Graba." Wadena Pioneer Journal, December 15, 2004.

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.