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McKee, Sr., John Henry

House 1951-54 (District 62); Senate 1955-62 (District 62); Senate 1963-66 (District 64)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 11/10/1909
Birth Place: Bemidji, Minnesota
Birth County: Beltrami
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 5/4/1987
Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Bemidji
Occupation (when first elected): Owner, McKee Funeral Home

EDUCATION

Bemidji Public Schools; Secondary;
Bemidji State Teacher's College; Attended College;
University of North Dakota; Attended College;
University of Minnesota; College Graduate;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Norma
Children: Two children: Mary Christine (daughter, she married Wendell Anderson who served as Minnesota Governor), John Henry Jr. (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Wendell Richard Anderson  - Son-in-Law

GENERAL NOTES

"McKee served 16 years in the state Legislature as a conservative." ("John McKee Dead at 77." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987)

"McKee, a member of the Republican-oriented Conservative caucus..." ("John McKee, Former Legislator" Star Tribune, May 13, 1987)

"Mostly Republican politically, he'll caucus with the Senate conservatives." (Typewritten Profile, Source Unknown, 1955?)

He was a member of the Elks and the Masons.

He died at home from a heart attack in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota. His funeral was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Bemidji, Minnesota. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Religion provided by a typewritten profile.

Total Days Served: 5845

SESSIONS SERVED

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 64
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Funeral Director
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "McKee served 16 years in the state Legislature as a conservative." ("John McKee Dead at 77." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987). "McKee, a member of the Republican-oriented Conservative caucus..." ("John McKee, Former Legislator" Star Tribune, May 13, 1987)
Committees:
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Elections and Reapportionment
  • Finance
  • Liquor Control (Chair)
  • Public Domain
  • Public Welfare
  • Rules and Legislative Expense

63rd Legislative Session (1963-1964)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 64
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Funeral Director
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "McKee served 16 years in the state Legislature as a conservative." ("John McKee Dead at 77." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987). "McKee, a member of the Republican-oriented Conservative caucus..." ("John McKee, Former Legislator" Star Tribune, May 13, 1987)
Committees:
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Elections and Reapportionment
  • Finance
  • Liquor Control (Chair)
  • Public Domain
  • Public Welfare
  • Rules and Legislative Expense

62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 62
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Funeral Director
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "McKee served 16 years in the state Legislature as a conservative." ("John McKee Dead at 77." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987). "McKee, a member of the Republican-oriented Conservative caucus..." ("John McKee, Former Legislator" Star Tribune, May 13, 1987)
Committees:
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Public Domain
  • Public Welfare

61st Legislative Session (1959-1960)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 62
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Funeral Director
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "McKee served 16 years in the state Legislature as a conservative." ("John McKee Dead at 77." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987). "McKee, a member of the Republican-oriented Conservative caucus..." ("John McKee, Former Legislator" Star Tribune, May 13, 1987)
Committees:
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Public Domain
  • Public Welfare

60th Legislative Session (1957-1958) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 62
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Funeral Director and Funeral Home Owner/Summer Motel Operator, Lake Bemidji
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "McKee served 16 years in the state Legislature as a conservative." ("John McKee Dead at 77." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987). "McKee, a member of the Republican-oriented Conservative caucus..." ("John McKee, Former Legislator" Star Tribune, May 13, 1987). "Mostly Republican politically, he'll caucus with the Senate conservatives." (Typewritten Profile, Source Unknown, 1955?)
Committees:
  • Aviation
  • Banks and Banking
  • Insurance
  • Military Affairs and Civil Defense
  • Public Domain
  • Public Health

59th Legislative Session (1955-1956)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 62
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Funeral Director and Funeral Home Owner/Summer Motel Operator, Lake Bemidji
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "McKee served 16 years in the state Legislature as a conservative." ("John McKee Dead at 77." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987). "McKee, a member of the Republican-oriented Conservative caucus..." ("John McKee, Former Legislator" Star Tribune, May 13, 1987). "Mostly Republican politically, he'll caucus with the Senate conservatives." (Typewritten Profile, Source Unknown, 1955?)
Committees:
  • Aviation
  • Banks and Banking
  • Insurance
  • Military Affairs and Civil Defense
  • Public Domain
  • Public Health

58th Legislative Session (1953-1954)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62
Elected: 11/5/1952
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/6/1953 to 1/3/1955
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Owner, McKee Funeral Home
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "McKee served 16 years in the state Legislature as a conservative." ("John McKee Dead at 77." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987). "McKee, a member of the Republican-oriented Conservative caucus..." ("John McKee, Former Legislator" Star Tribune, May 13, 1987)
Committees:
  • Aircraft and Airways
  • Claims
  • Health
  • Highways
  • Public Domain

57th Legislative Session (1951-1952)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62
Elected: 11/7/1950
Residence: Bemidji
Term of Office: 1/2/1951 to 1/5/1953
Counties Represented: Beltrami, Lake of the Woods
Occupation: Owner, McKee Funeral Home
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "McKee served 16 years in the state Legislature as a conservative." ("John McKee Dead at 77." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987). "McKee, a member of the Republican-oriented Conservative caucus…" ("John McKee, Former Legislator" Star Tribune, May 13, 1987)
Committees:
  • Aircraft and Airways
  • Claims
  • Cooperatives
  • Highways
  • Public Domain
Articles & Books About
Fairbanks, Ann. "Readers Write: John McKee Remembered (Obituary)." Bemidji Pioneer, May 20, 1987.

"John McKee, Former Legislator (Obituary)." Star Tribune, May 13, 1987.

"John McKee Dead at 77 (Obituary)." Bemidji Pioneer, May 6, 1987.

"John H. McKee." Typewritten Profile, Source Unknown, 1955? and 1957?