Allen Quist

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Allen Quist
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 23B district
In office
January 1983 – January 1989
Preceded byCarl M. Johnson
Succeeded byDon Ostrom
Personal details
BornOctober 1944
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Diane (d. 1986)
Julie Quist
ChildrenEmily, Lisa, Laurie, Andrew, Nathan, Katie, Marissa, Tricia, Julie, Daniel
ResidenceSt. Peter, Minnesota
Alma materBethany Lutheran College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Allen J. Quist (born October 1944) is a Minnesota politician, a former state representative, and a two-time candidate for governor of the state.[1]

State representative[edit]

A Republican, Quist was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in November 1982. He served three terms from January 4, 1983 until January 2, 1989. He was defeated for re-election by St. Peter School Board Chair and Gustavus Adolphus College Professor Don Ostrom in November 1988.[1] He represented the old District 23B, which included portions of Blue Earth, Brown, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Renville counties in the south central part of the state. He chaired the Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Social Services during the 1985-1986 biennium.[1]

In 2013, he ran in a special election to fill a vacancy in House District 19A, easily winning the January Republican nominating convention [2] but losing the general election to Clark Johnson on February 12, 2013.

In December 1986, Quist's first wife, Diane, died in a car accident. He subsequently married conservative activist Julie Morse in 1987.[1] He has ten children, nine by his first wife and one by his second.[1]

1994 and 1998 gubernatorial runs[edit]

A conservative stalwart, Quist challenged incumbent Governor Arne Carlson in the 1994 gubernatorial election, with former U.S. Senate candidate Doug McFarland as his running mate. He campaigned on the premise that the pro-choice Carlson was too liberal to lead the Republican Party. Although he won endorsement at his party's convention, he was defeated by Carlson in the state's open primary.[3] He ran for governor again in 1998, but withdrew before the state convention in favor of Saint Paul Mayor Norm Coleman.

Dinosaur comments[edit]

Quist is the editor of (CMod), a children's education and learning website that "challenges the worldwide views of established education," and offers lessons that contradict modern science and history. In one of CMod’s lessons it suggests that dinosaurs lived alongside humans as recently as the 12th century. His lessons suggest that history books, as well as science books, have falsely determined that dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago, and that "the only reasonable explanation for the Stegosaurus carved in the stone on the wall of the Cambodian temple is that the artist had either seen a stegosaurus or had seen other art works of a stegosaurus. Either way, people and stegosaurs were living at the same time."[4][5]

Political positions[edit]


Quist believes that abortion should be a first degree homicide, and has said that "Abortion is a genuine evil act, except when used to save the mother's life, it must be legally restrained."[6][7]

Quist is the author of the book The Abortion Revolution and the Sanctity of Life.[8] In the book, Quist talks about his pro-life stance and the need to overturn Roe V. Wade, saying that it is "one of the most dreadful Supreme Court rulings in history," and that "a majority of the justices legalized the murder of more people in just a few years than Herod and Hitler killed in a lifetime." [9] "If our Nation would return to Christian ethical codes, the abortion revolution would come to an end and many other evils mentioned would be largely restrained as well."[10]

LGBT rights/marriage[edit]

During his time in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Quist campaigned against the advent of same-sex marriage in Minnesota. He led efforts against extending human rights protections to gays and lesbians, supported by former Governor Arne Carlson.[11]

Quist also led the sponsorship of a failed bill to require AIDS testing for all marriage license applicants.[12] Quist has drawn criticism for a past statement he made suggesting that supporting a gay counseling center at Minnesota State University, Mankato would be similar to supporting one for the Ku Klux Klan, and saying that "its presence suggests university approval for the homosexual lifestyle and the practice of sodomy... You wouldn’t have a center for the Ku Klux Klan," and that "both would be breeding grounds for evil—AIDS, in this case." [13]

While in the Minnesota House, Quist racked up a cumulative 30 hours in the 1988 session speaking on the House floor about sex.[14][15][16]

2010 Congressional race[edit]

On November 19, 2009, Quist announced his candidacy for U.S. Representative in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District in the 2010 race against incumbent Representative Tim Walz.[17] Quist lost the Republican primary to Minnesota State Representative Randy Demmer.[18]

In early December 2009, Quist claimed that a marriage penalty exists in the U.S. House and Senate health care bills.[19]

Quist garnered controversy for his December 7, 2009, speech at a Christmas Party of the Wabasha County Republicans. The following remarks (included in the speech which lasted a total of seven and a half minutes) were criticized by some members of the media:

""Our country is being destroyed. Every generation has had to fight the fight for freedom… Terrorism? Yes. That's not the big battle," he said. "The big battle is in D.C. with the radicals. They aren’t liberals. They are radicals. Obama, Pelosi, Walz: They’re not liberals, they’re radicals. They are destroying our country." [20]

Quist also spoke against the health care bill at the event. "This is the most insidious, evil piece of legislation I have ever seen in my life… Every one of us has to be totally committed to killing this travesty… I have to kill this bill."[20]

2012 Congressional Race[edit]

In December 2011, Quist announced he would again run for Minnesota's 1st congressional district against incumbent Tim Waltz in 2012.[21] In a competitive congressional primary, Quist won with 54% of the vote over Minnesota State Senator Mike Parry, who later endorsed Quist and said that the two were uniting together in the effort to defeat Walz.[22] Following his announcement, he was praised by Minnesota 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.[23]

In October, 2012, it was reported that Quist had failed to file the required financial disclosure form with federal authorities by the May 15 filing deadline, apparently because he could not figure out the mailing address. The New Ulm Journal reported that: "... Quist now claims that he printed off the form from online and that this form lacked the address. He said that he now has the address and will have the form turned in within two days. He said he taking [sic] a little while longer so auctioneers get his exact land values because he wants all information he submits to be completely accurate."[24]

In the November 2012 general election, Walz defeated Quist by a margin of 58%–42%.[25]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Quist, Allen J". Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Moniz, Josh (January 11, 2013). "Quist wins Republican endorsement for House 19A". The New Ulm Journal. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Fecke, Jeff (February 15, 2005). "Buckle Your Seatbelts". Blog of the Moderate Left. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Dinosaurs in ancient art".
  5. ^ Tim Murphy (August 14, 2012). "Allen Quist, believes dinosaurs coexisted with man, women are "genetically predisposed" to subservience". Mother Jones. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Kalli Joy Grey. "Allen Quist Abortion/Pro-Life". Daily Kos. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Andy Birkey (December 16, 2009). "Is Quist still the religious right candidate?". The Minnesota Independent. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Abortion Revolution and the Sanctity of Life". Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  9. ^ Book Review. "A Review, Abortion Books". Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  10. ^ "Candidate positions for Minnesota - 1st Congressional District Primary". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  11. ^ Dane Smith (August 16, 1994). "Allen Quist: IR candidate for governor". Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  12. ^ Robert Barr (June 1, 1987). "States reject attempt requiring AIDS testing". Associated Press. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  13. ^ Mary Juhl (August 5, 2012). "Fight turns dirty as Republican primary looms". Winona Daily News. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  14. ^ Birkey, Andy (December 6, 2011). "Quist to run against Walz". The Archived from the original on June 15, 2012.
  15. ^ Smith, Dane (10 April 1994). "QUIST: Call him humble, or call him weird, he's giving Carlson a run for governor". Minneapolis Star Tribune – via [1]
  16. ^ "Quist says public wants what he offers". St. Cloud Times. 25 June 1994. p. 5A – via [2]
  17. ^ Kovaciny, Jon (November 19, 2009). "Allen Quist for Congress: Minnesota 1st Congressional District". Quist for congress. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  18. ^ Wallbank, Derek (November 2, 2010). "Democrats Walz, Peterson, win re-election". MinnPost. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  19. ^ Biers, Brad (December 2, 2009). "Press Release: Marriage Penalty in health care bills". Quist for congress. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  20. ^ a b Birkey, Andy (January 4, 2010). "Quist: Defeating liberals a bigger battle than defeating terrorism". The Minnesota Independent. Archived from the original on January 13, 2013.
  21. ^ Scheck, Tom (December 1, 2011). "Quist launches campaign for congress". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  22. ^ Collins, Jon (August 14, 2012). "Nolan wins in 8th; Quist wins in 1st". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  23. ^ Zdechlik, Mark (April 19, 2012). "Bachmann endorses Quist days before GOP convention". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  24. ^ Kimball, Joe (October 17, 2012). "Financial disclosure form proves tricky for Quist". MinnPost. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  25. ^ Fischenich, Mark (November 7, 2012). "Walz defeats Quist: West teacher returns to Congress". The Free Press. Retrieved January 5, 2014.

External links[edit]

Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
Carl M. Johnson
State Representative from District 23B
1983 – 1989
Succeeded by
Don Ostrom
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jon Grunseth
Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate,
Minnesota Republican Party State Convention

Succeeded by
Norm Coleman