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Christensen, Robert F. "Bob"

House 1963-66 (District 44); House 1967-70 (District 48B)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 10/10/1914
Birth Place: Madelia, Minnesota
Birth County: Watonwan
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 11/24/2008
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Bob
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Technical Personnel Manager, 3M/Former Physics and Math Teacher, St. Thomas Academy

EDUCATION

Madelia High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1932
St. Mary's College, Winona; B.S.; Physics, Summa Cum Laude, 1936
University of Minnesota; M.Ed.; Education, 1937 or 1938

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Marge (also listed as Mary, married around 1939)
Children: Ten children: Matthew "Matt" (killed by a drunk driver in October 1963), Robert "Bob", Stephen "Steve", Nicholas, Joseph "Joe", and Bert (sons); Ann (died in 1952), Margaret Mary "Muggsy", Katherine "Katy", and Mary Pat (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was an Eagle Scout.

He coached swimming, track, and football at St. Thomas Academy, Mendopta Heights, Minnesota and the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

He died, of natural causes, at home in St. Paul, Minnesota. His funeral was held at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul.

Religion provided by his obituary.

Total Days Served: 2919

SESSIONS SERVED

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48B
Elected: 11/5/1968
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/1969 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Personnel Manager, 3M
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the First Class
  • Education
  • General Legislation, Veterans, and Consumer Affairs
  • Health and Welfare
  • Higher Education
  • Legislative Administration and Rules
Ran in next election? Yes. Defeated in general election

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48B
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/6/1969
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Personnel Manager, 3M
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the First Class
  • Education
  • Game and Fish
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
  • Health and Welfare
  • Rules

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 44
Elected: 11/3/1964
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/5/1965 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Personnel Manager, 3M
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the First and Second Class
  • Education
  • Health and Welfare
  • Law Enforcement and Juvenile Delinquency
  • University

63rd Legislative Session (1963-1964)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 44
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/4/1965
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Technical Personnel Manager, 3M/Former Physics and Math Teacher, St. Thomas Academy
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: His obituary says he ran as an Independent in the 1962 election. The Unofficial Legislative Directories, Minnesota Railroads Association lists him as a Conservative.
Committees:
  • Cities of the 1st and 2nd Class
  • Education
  • Employees Compensation
  • Health and Welfare
  • Law Enforcement and Juvenile Delinquency
  • University
Articles & Books About
"Christensen, Robert F. (Obituary)." Star Tribune, December 1, 2008, p. B4.

Cohen, Ben. "From the State Capitol to a Higher Calling." Star Tribune December 1, 2008, p. B4.

Sporer, Mikel. "Lawmaker Also Was a Teacher and Deacon." St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 26, 2008.

"Christensen to Become State Director (Minn. Assn. of Rehab. Facilities)." The Times-Messenger (Madelia), August 9, 1973.