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Philbrook, Burnham John "Bud, B.J."

House 1975-76 (District 48B)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Ramsey


Date of Birth: 8/28/1946
Birth Place: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Birth County: Ramsey
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Bud, B.J.
City of Residence (when first elected): Roseville
Occupation (when first elected): Legislator


Cretin High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1964
University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts; B.A.; Political Science, 1969
University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute; M.A.; International Development and Public Administration, 1981
Hamline University School of Law; J.D.; Law, 1982


State Agency: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Executive Assistant to the Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner); 01/01/1978 to 09/30/1978 [Appointed]
U.S. Executive Branch: United States Department of Agriculture (Deputy Undersecretary of Farm & Foreign Agricultural Services, Appointed by President Barack Obama); 2009 to 2010 [Appointed]


Spouse: Single (while in office); Michele Gran (married in 1979)
Children: Three children (after he left office): Jake, Nick, and Drew (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He ran as a candidate for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nomination in the 2006 campaign for Governor of Minnesota. He dropped out of the endorsement race in October 2005.

He was a cofounder of Global Volunteers in 1984. It's "a private, non-profit, non-sectarian, non-governmental organization engaging short-term volunteers on micro-economic and human development programs in close partnership with local people worldwide." (Global Volunteers Website)

Religion provided by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975.

Total Days Served: 728


69th Legislative Session (1975-1976)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48B
Elected: 11/5/1974
Residence: Roseville
Term of Office: 1/7/1975 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
Articles & Books By
Philbrook, Burnham. "Lessons for My Sons: or You Know You're Not Very Good Using Chopsticks When You Find Rice in Your Tea." Self Published, 2020.

Philbrook, Burnham. "Conclave Conspiracy." Self Published, 2014.

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.