House 1993-2002 (District 16A); House 2003-2005 (District 15B)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Benton, Sherburne, Stearns
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: None Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
University Administrator, St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud Cathedral High School; Secondary;
St. Cloud State University; B.A.; Psychology
Kent State University; M.Ed.; Education, Counseling and Student Personnel
University of Minnesota; Ph.D.; Education, Higher Education Studies
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minnesota (Interim Executive Dean and Dean of Instructional Programs);
St. Cloud State University, Minnesota (Vice-President for Academic Affairs);
Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Minnesota (Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs);
200? to 2007
Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Minnesota (Interim President);
2005 to 2006
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minnesota (President);
09/17/2007 to 20??
Single (when first elected); Pamela Steckman (first listed in 1995)
Two children: Simon and Sophia
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
He attempted to run for the Saint Cloud City Council in 1972 but was considered too young at the age of 19. He appealed the age restriction to the United States Supreme Court in Joseph Paul Opatz by Leona Katherine Dlugosch, his Guardian Ad Litem, v. City of St. Cloud. He lost the case.
He was the second of ten children.
Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.