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Legislative Time Capsule - 61st Legislature (1959-1960)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
1/6/1959 4/21/1959 106 77 77
1959 1st Special Session
To provide for appropriation and tax measures not adopted during regular session. Matters considered: Adopted 90 laws relating to appropriations, taxation, salaries, retirement fees, distressed school districts, claims, reapportionment, daylight savings time, school laws recodification, interim commissions and local laws.
4/25/1959 7/1/1959 68 48 45

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
1959 1895 1676 703   Search 8
1959 1st Special Session 211 202 90   Search 2

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
1959 4 4 0   [0] 4 4
1959 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0


Speaker of the House Edwin J. Chilgren  (Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus)
House Majority Leader Frederick Anthony Cina  (Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus)
House Minority Leader Lloyd L. Duxbury, Jr.  (Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus)
President of the Senate This position was handled multiple ways historically - See full list
Senate Majority Leader John Matthew Zwach, Sr.  (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 Daniel J. McCarthy
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
1/6/1959 Convenes [Total seats possible = 131] 131 59 72 0 13
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
1/6/1959 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 43 24 0 19
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

House Committees


Senate Committees


Governor (Full List)