Harry A. Sieben

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Harry A. Sieben
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48th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
January 1981 – January 1985
Preceded by Fred C. Norton
Succeeded by David M. Jennings
Minnesota State Representative
In office
January 1971 – January 1985
Personal details
Born (1943-11-24) November 24, 1943 (age 71)
Hastings, Minnesota
Political party DFL
Spouse(s) Mary
Children Jeffrey, Thomas, Christopher and Rebecca
Residence Hastings, Minnesota
Alma mater Winona State College
University of Minnesota
Profession Attorney, Air National Guard
Religion Roman Catholic

Harry A. "Tex" Sieben, Jr. (born November 24, 1943) is an American politician from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and a former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He is currently a founding partner of personal injury law firm Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey and is a retired Major General in the Minnesota Air National Guard.

Sieben was born in Hastings, Minnesota and attended Hastings High School. He earned his B.A. in business administration from Winona State College (now Winona State University) in 1965, and J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1968. He joined the law firm of Matt, Grose, Von Holtum and Sieben (now Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey) until he was elected to the Minnesota House in 1970 as a member of the Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus, but later joined the DFL. He served 14 years in the Legislature, serving as Speaker of the House between 1981–84. In 1985 he rejoined his previous law firm and works in private practice.

In 1968, Sieben joined the United States Army Reserve, where he served seven years with the Military Intelligence Branch working as a Morse code intercept operator and platoon leader. He then received a direct commission in the Minnesota Air National Guard in April 1975. He served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps for the 133rd Airlift Wing, 148th Fighter Wing and Headquarters Minnesota Air National Guard. In 1990, he was appointed as the state judge advocate for the Minnesota National Guard. In 1997 he was promoted to Brigadier General and assistant adjutant general in the Minnesota Air National Guard, and later as acting Adjutant General for the State of Minnesota. He was promoted to Major General in 2003. After retiring from the military, Sieben became a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Minnesota on October 27, 2006.[1]

Sieben is married to wife, Virginia, and has two children and two stepchildren. Both his brother, Michael Sieben, and niece, Katie Sieben, have served in the Minnesota State Legislature.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fred C. Norton
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
1981–1985
Succeeded by
David M. Jennings