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Newinski, Dennis R. "Denny"

House 1991-92 (District 54B)

Party when first elected:  Independent Republican

Counties Served:  Ramsey


Date of Birth: 8/??/1944
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Birth County: Hennepin
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 2/10/2009
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Denny
City of Residence (when first elected): Maplewood
Occupation (when first elected): Lead Machinist, Northern States Power Company


De La Salle High School; Secondary; 1963
Dunwoody Institute; Vocational-Technical School; 1969
St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute; Vocational-Technical School; Machinist's Certificate, 1974


State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota State Board of Aging; 19?? to ?
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Workers Compensation Advisory Council; 19?? to ?


Spouse: Sharon "Sharie" Burke (married around 1966)
Children: Four children: Greg and Mark (sons); Julie and Cindy (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He was of Polish ancestry.

He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party until he switched to the Independent-Republican Party in 1988.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Independent Republican endorsed candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1988 election.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Independent Republican endorsed candidate for the 4th Congressional House District in 1994, 1996, and 1998. He lost the Republican Party endorsement in 2000.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Republican Party endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Senate in 2000.

He died of mesothelioma cancer, related to asbestos exposure, at his home.

He was a member of the Church of St. Peter's Catholic Church in North St. Paul, Minnesota. His funeral was held there on February 16, 2009 and he was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in North St. Paul, Minnesota.

Religion provided by his obituary.

Total Days Served: 728


77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 54B
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: Maplewood
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Lead Machinist, Northern States Power Company
Party: Independent Republican
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Articles & Books About
Harlow, Tim. "Dennis Newinski was Former State Legislator." Star Tribune, February 13, 2009, p. B6.

"Newinski Hopes to Bridge Partisanship." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 08, 1991, p.15.

These files are available in the Legislative Reference Library.

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