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Murray, Louis Adrian "Louie"

Senate 1951-62 (District 66); House 1967-70 (District 66B)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Polk, Red Lake

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/16/1913
Birth Place: East Grand Forks, Minnesota
Birth County: Polk
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/24/1994
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Louie
City of Residence (when first elected): East Grand Forks
Occupation (when first elected): Conductor, Northern Pacific Railway/Former American Crystal Sugar Co. Employee

EDUCATION

Sacred Heart Parochial School; Elementary School;
Central High School, Grand Forks, North Dakota; Secondary; Graduate, 1936
Northern States Teachers College, Aberdeen, South Dakota; Attended College; 1936-1938
University of North Dakota; Studied Law; 2 years
St. Paul College of Law; Studied Law;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal Government: East Grand Forks, Minnesota (Police Officer, part time); 19?? to 19??
Military: United States Army Engineers (World War II, Southwest Pacific, 4 years); 194? to 194?
Judge: East Grand Forks, Minnesota (Municipal Judge); 1945 to 1948 [Elected]
Municipal Council/Aldermen: East Grand Forks, Minnesota (City Alderman, At Large); 1949 to 1950 [Elected]
Municipal Mayor: East Grand Forks, Minnesota (City Mayor); 1963 to 1966 [Elected]
Municipal Council/Aldermen: East Grand Forks, Minnesota (City Alderman, At Large); 1971 to 1974 [Elected]
Municipal Mayor: East Grand Forks, Minnesota (City Mayor); 1975 to 1988 [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Jean Loretta Mankie (married on July 31, 1948)
Children: Six/Seven children: Michael "Mike", Daniel "Dan/Danny", Timothy "Tim" (sons); Patricia, Kathleen Ann, and Mary Theresa (daughters); Joseph (son, preceded him in death according to his obituary, not listed in the Minnesota Legislative Manuals)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was of Irish ancestry.

He was a member of the Democratic Party.

He died at the East Grand Forks Good Samaritan Center. His funeral was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, Minnesota. He was buried at Resurrection Cemetery, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

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

Total Days Served: 5828

SESSIONS SERVED

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 66B
Elected: 11/5/1968
Residence: East Grand Forks
Term of Office: 1/7/1969 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Polk, Red Lake
Occupation: Former Municipal Judge, Alderman and Mayor, East Grand Forks
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Education
  • Elections and Reapportionment
  • Governmental Operations
  • Highways
  • Labor Relations
  • Regulated Industries and Utilities

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 66B
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: East Grand Forks
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/6/1969
Counties Represented: Polk, Red Lake
Occupation: Former Municipal Judge, Alderman and Mayor, East Grand Forks
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Elections and Reapportionment
  • Highways
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Law Enforcement and Liquor Control
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Public Service and Utilities

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

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 66
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: East Grand Forks
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Polk
Occupation: Conductor, Northern Pacific Railway
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • General Legislation
  • Liquor Control
  • Public Welfare
  • Taxes and Tax Laws
Ran in next election? Yes. Defeated in general election

61st Legislative Session (1959-1960)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 66
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: East Grand Forks
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Polk
Occupation: Conductor, Northern Pacific Railway
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • General Legislation
  • Liquor Control
  • Public Welfare
  • Taxes

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

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 66
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: East Grand Forks
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Polk
Occupation: Conductor, Northern Pacific Railway
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Civil Administration
  • Game and Fish
  • Military Affairs and Civil Defense
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Railroads and Communications

59th Legislative Session (1955-1956)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 66
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: East Grand Forks
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Polk
Occupation: Conductor, Northern Pacific Railway
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Civil Administration
  • Game and Fish
  • Military Affairs and Civil Defense
  • Municipal Affairs
  • Railroads, Telephone and Telegraph

58th Legislative Session (1953-1954) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 66
Elected: 11/7/1950
Residence: East Grand Forks
Term of Office: 1/26/1951 to 1/3/1955
Counties Represented: Polk
Occupation: Conductor, Northern Pacific Railway
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Civil Administration
  • Drainage
  • Game and Fish
  • Military Affairs
  • Municipal Affairs
Session Notes: Louis A. Murray was involved in a contested election with Julius Spokely in the 1950 election. Neither of them were seated until the Minnesota Senate decided that Louis A. Murray was entitled to the seat.

57th Legislative Session (1951-1952)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 66
Elected: 11/7/1950
Residence: East Grand Forks
Term of Office: 1/26/1951 to 1/3/1955
Counties Represented: Polk
Occupation: Conductor, Northern Pacific Railway/Former American Crystal Sugar Co. Employee
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Civil Administration
  • Drainage
  • Game and Fish
  • Military Affairs
  • Municipal Affairs
Session Notes: Louis A. Murray was involved in a contested election with Julius Spokely in the 1950 election. Neither of them were seated until the Minnesota Senate decided that Louis A. Murray was entitled to the seat.
Articles & Books About
"Louis A. Murray, Colorful Politician (Obituary)." St. paul Pioneer Press, January 25, 1994.

Gokavi, Mark A. "Former EGF Mayor Dies Louis Murray Was Well-Known, Colorful Mayor and Legislator." Grand Forks Herald, January 24, 1994, p. 1A.

Duckstad, Robert J. Memorandum Re: Election Contests. Minnesota: Office of Senate Counsel, December 24, 1970, p. 1-4.

Spokely v. Murray, Contested Election. Minnesota Journal of the Senate, January 2, 24, and 26, 1951, p. 24, 128-131, 158-159.