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Kozlak, John S. "Jack"

House 1969-70 (District 32B)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey


Date of Birth: 4/28/1928
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Birth County: Hennepin
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 7/26/2012
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Jack
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Anthony
Occupation (when first elected): Restauranteur


Edison High School; Secondary;
St. Thomas College; College Graduate;


State Board/Commission/Council: Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area; 1971 to 1975


Spouse: Ruth Wichmann (married in 1949)
Children: Six children: Mark, Diane, Mary, Lynn, Paul, and Carol
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Joseph A. Kozlak, Sr.  - Father


Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1969-70.

He was the former co-owner of JAX Cafe and founder of Kozlak's Royal Oak Restaurant. He worked in the restaurant industry from 1943-1991. (Star Tribune obituary, August 1, 2012)

"He was elected to National Restaurant Board of Directors in 1980. He later served as president of the Minnesota Restaurant Association from 1982-1983. [He] was inducted into the Midwest Hall of Fame in 1993 serving the Midwest Food and Beverages Expo in St. Paul. Inducted into Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2005." (Star Tribune obituary, August 1, 2012)

His funeral was held at the Church of the Holy Cross in Minneapolis on August 3, 2012. He was buried at Sunset Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Total Days Served: 728


66th Legislative Session (1969-1970)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 32B
Elected: 11/5/1968
Residence: Saint Anthony
Term of Office: 1/7/1969 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Restauranteur
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
  • Appropriations
  • County and Township Government
  • Highways
  • Labor Relations
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs
Articles & Books About
"Pair built legends one meal at a time." Star Tribune, August 1, 2012, p. B1.

John S. "Jack" Kozlak, Star Tribune, August 1, 2012.

These files are available in the Legislative Reference Library.