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Nelson, Sydney George "Syd"

House 1991-92 (District 12A); House 1993-94 (District 11A)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Becker, Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/12/1932
Birth Place: Paddock, Minnesota
Birth County: Otter Tail
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 7/10/2021
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Syd
City of Residence (when first elected): Sebeka
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer/Former Wadena County Commissioner

EDUCATION

Sebeka High School; Secondary;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Board/Commissioner: Otter Tail County, Minnesota (County Commissioner; 20 years); [Dates Unknown]
Municipal Government: Minnesota (Township Supervisor); [Dates Unknown]
Municipal Government: Minnesota (Township Fire Warden; 45 years); [Dates Unknown]
U.S. Legislative Staff/Council/Commission: United States House of Representatives (Agricultural Specialist to U.S. Representative Collin Peterson); [Dates Unknown]
County Board/Commissioner: Wadena County, Minnesota (County Commissioner); 1986 to 1991

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Kathryn Johnson (married on February 14, 1960)
Children: Three children: Bert, Karen, and Mark
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Edmund C. Weston  - Great Grandfather

GENERAL NOTES

"His great grandfather represented the same region in the House back in 1898." ("Nelson Political Genes Span Four Generations." Session Weekly, February 22, 1991, p. 14.) His great grandfather's name isn't provided.

He is inurned at Paddock Bethel Cemetery, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 1456

SESSIONS SERVED

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 11A
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: Sebeka
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/2/1995
Counties Represented: Becker, Otter Tail, Wadena
Occupation: Farmer/Former Wadena County Commissioner
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
  • Health and Human Services
  • Health and Human Services: Health and Housing Finance Division
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs: Local Government Relations (Chair)

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12A
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: Sebeka
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Farmer/Former Wadena County Commissioner
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Development: Small Business
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Government Structures Division
  • Governmental Operations: Personnel
  • Health and Human Services
  • Health and Human Services: Standards and Regulations
Articles & Books About
"Nelson Political Genes Span Four Generations." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 22, 1991, p. 14.



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