Ben Boo

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Ben Boo
33rd Mayor of Duluth
In office
1967–1975
Preceded by George D. Johnson
Succeeded by Robert Beaudin
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 8B district
In office
1984–1993
Preceded by Thomas Berkelman
Succeeded by Thomas Huntley
(new District 6B)
Personal details
Born January 1925 (age 89)
Pine City, Minnesota
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Mary
Profession legislator, mayor

Ben Boo (born January 1925) is former Minnesota politician who served as the 33rd mayor of Duluth from 1967–1975, and as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives representing District 8B from 1984-1993.[1]

A Republican, Boo was first elected Duluth's mayor in 1966 and was re-elected in 1970. During his time in office, he was involved with advancing tourism in Duluth, including the creation of Spirit Mountain. After leaving office, he became executive director in the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD), a position he held until 1979.[1][2]

Boo later ran for the open seat in House District 8A in a 1983 special election held after the resignation of Rep. Tom Berkelman. He was elected, and was re-elected in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990. At the time, the district included portions of St. Louis County.[1]

While in the House, Boo was a member of the Appropriations, Financial Institutions and Housing, General Legislation, Veterans Affairs and Gaming, Health and Human Services, Redistricting, and Regulated Industries committees. He also served on the Financial Institutions and Insurance subcommittees for the Banking Division and the Housing Division, the General Legislation, Veterans Affairs and Gaming subcommittees for the Elections Division, for Gaming and for Veterans Affairs, and the Health and Human Services subcommittees for Transitional Services and for Social and Family Services. He served as an assistant minority leader during the 1991-1992 biennium.[1]

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