|35th Governor of Minnesota|
January 4, 1979 – January 3, 1983
|Preceded by||Rudy Perpich|
|Succeeded by||Rudy Perpich|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 1st district
February 18, 1958 – January 3, 1979
|Preceded by||August Andresen|
|Succeeded by||Arlen Erdahl|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate|
from the 18th district
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1958
|Preceded by||Homer Covert|
|Succeeded by||Arnin Sundet|
|Born||September 18, 1923|
Dennison, Minnesota, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Gretchen Hansen (1948–2015; her death)|
|Education||St. Olaf College (BA)|
State and national government service
A Republican, Quie was a member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1955 to 1958, representing the old 18th District, which encompassed Rice County in the southeastern part of the state. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election after the death of Representative August Andresen, and served from February 18, 1958, to January 3, 1979. He was a member of the 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, 93rd, 94th and 95th Congresses.
Quie was briefly considered for Vice President of the United States in 1974 after Gerald Ford became president upon the resignation of Richard Nixon. The position was eventually taken by Nelson Rockefeller.
Quie was elected governor of Minnesota in 1978. During his single term, he dealt with an extreme budget crisis, and made some very tough and unpopular choices. He opted not to run again in 1982.
Background, education, and family
Quie was born on his family's farm near Dennison, Minnesota, in Rice County. Three of his grandparents were Norwegian immigrants. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield in 1950 with a degree in political science.
In popular culture
In Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Days, Quie is said to be the first governor ever to set foot in the mythical town of Lake Wobegon, "slipping quietly away from his duties to attend a ceremony dedicating a plaque attached to the Statue of the Unknown Norwegian" and making a few remarks.
- Al (Albert Harold) Quie : Governors of Minnesota. Mnhs.Org. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
- Minnesota Legislators Past & Present – Legislator Record – Quie, Albert Harold "Al". Leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
- QUIE, Albert Harold – Biographical Information. Bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
- The Talent Search – Time. Time.com (August 19, 1974). Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
- Crossing the partisan divide: Minnesota budgets and politics in the 1980s. MinnPost. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
- "United States Census, 1930", FamilySearch, retrieved March 18, 2018
- Salisbury, Bill (December 14, 2015). "Gretchen Quie, opened governor's house to public, dies at 88". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
- United States Congress. "Al Quie (id: Q000010)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Al Quie at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Al Quie Congressional Papers.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st congressional district
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota
| Governor of Minnesota