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Legislative Time Capsule - 59th Legislature (1955-1956)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
1/4/1955 4/21/1955 108 79 78
1955 1st Special Session
To provide for adoption of revenue measures to balance appropriations already passed. Matters considered: Adopted foundation aid formula; provided for appropriations; increased income tax rates and other taxes; proposed constitutional amendment to use occupation tax receipts for current education expenditures.
4/26/1955 4/26/1955 1 1 1

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
1955 1869 1638 882   Search 8
1955 1st Special Session 4 8 6   Search 0

Other Information

Vetoes (All Sessions)

  Full Bills Vetoed
(including pockets)
Pocket Vetoes Bills with Line Item Vetoes [# of lines vetoed] TOTAL
Full Bills Vetoed + Lines Vetoed
Full Bills Vetoed + Bills with Lines Vetoed
1955 2 1 0   [0] 2 2
1955 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0


All House Senate


Speaker of the House Alfred I. Johnson  (Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus)
House Majority Leader Frederick Anthony Cina  (Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus)
House Minority Leader John A. Hartle  (Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus)
President of the Senate This position was handled multiple ways historically - See full list
Senate Majority Leader Archie H. Miller  (Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus)
Senate Minority Leader Harold W. Schultz, Sr.  (Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus)


Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives George H. Leahy
House Sergeant-at-Arms Fred Denfeld
Secretary of the Senate Herbert Y. Torrey
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Bert M. Lennon

Election Results

- Selected election results are available at this page.

Party Control of the House of Representatives (All Sessions)

Date Event Note Total Seats C/R/IR L/DFL Other Margin
1/4/1955 Convenes [Total seats possible = 131] 131 65 66 0 1
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Party Control of the Senate (All Sessions)

Date Event Note Total Seats C/R/IR L/DFL Other Margin
1/4/1955 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 48 19 0 29
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

House Committees


Senate Committees


Governor (Full List)