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Jensen, Vernon K.

Senate 1965-72 (District 22)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election

Counties Served:  Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 3/2/1912
Birth Place: Montevideo, Minnesota
Birth County: Chippewa
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 12/11/1982
Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Montevideo
Occupation (when first elected): Veterinarian

EDUCATION

Montevideo Central High School; Secondary; 1929
Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario; D.V.M.; 1933

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota State Veterinary Medicine Board (Member and President); 19?? to 19??
Municipal Board/Commission: Montevideo, Minnesota (Charter Commission); 19?? to 19??
School Board/Administration: Montevideo, Minnesota (School Board, Member and President, 13 years); 19?? to 19??
U.S. Executive Branch: United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry; 193? to 19??
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Governor's Rural Development Council (Executive Director); 1973 to 1977 [Appointed]
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Ethical Practices Board (Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich, Chair); 02/1978 to 1982 [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Irene Warnke
Children: Two children: Becky and Patty (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He moved to St. Paul, Minnesota around 1973. He moved to Maplewood, Minnesota in 1975.

He was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1969 and received the Distinguished Veterinarian Award in 1972 from the Minnesota Veterinary Medicine Association.

He died from lung cancer at home in Maplewood, Minnesota. His funeral was held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo, Minnesota.

He was a member and deacon of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo, Minnesota.

Religion provided by his obituary.

Total Days Served: 2790

SESSIONS SERVED

67th Legislative Session (1971-1972)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 22
Elected: 11/3/1970
Residence: Montevideo
Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
Counties Represented: Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine
Occupation: Veterinarian
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Elections and Reapportionment
  • Finance
  • Higher Education

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 22
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Montevideo
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine
Occupation: Veterinarian
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Civil Administration and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Education
  • Elections and Reapportionment
  • Public Welfare

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 22
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Montevideo
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine
Occupation: Veterinarian
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Civil Administration and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Education
  • Election and Reapportionment
  • Public Welfare

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

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 22
Elected: 5/4/1965
Residence: Montevideo
Term of Office: 5/14/1965 to 1/2/1967 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine
Occupation: Veterinarian
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
Session Notes: He won the special election held due to the death of Fay Child.
Articles & Books About
"Dr. Vernon Jensen, 70, Funeral Set Wednesday (Obituary)." St. Paul Dispatch, December 14, 1982.

"Vernon Jensen, Former Montevideo Lawmaker, Dies in St. Paul at Age 70 (Obituary)." Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 13, 1982.

"Dr. Vernon K. Jensen (Obituary)." Star Tirbune, December 12, 1982.

"Ex-Lawmaker, Veterinarian Jensen Dies (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 12, 1982.

"Montevideo Veterinarian is Honored." Minneapolis Star, January 29, 1969.