|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
from the 33A, 32A district
|Succeeded by||Joyce Peppin|
|Born||August 3, 1935|
|Political party||Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Alma mater||North Texas State University, Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis|
Arlon Lindner (born August 3, 1935) is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He represented District 33A from 1993 to 2002 and District 32A from 2003 to 2005 (after the 2002 redistricting). The districts included portions of Hennepin and Wright counties.
Early life, education, and career
Lindner was born in Texas. He graduated from North Texas State University with a bachelor's degree in economics. He also received a Master of Divinity in ethics from the Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis. He is a self-employed businessman and a Baptist.
Minnesota House of Representatives
Linder was first elected in 1992 and reelected in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002. In 2004 Joyce Peppin successfully challenged Linder for the Republican endorsement. He then ran as an Independent, finishing third in the general election behind winner Peppin and Democrat Caroll Holmstrom.
For the 78th Legislative Session (1993–95), Lindner served on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Consumer Protection Subcommittee, Real Estate and Commerce Subcommittee, Tourism and Small Business Division Subcommittee, Health and Human Services Committee, Health and Housing Finance Division Subcommittee, and Regulated Industries and Energy Committee. For the 79th Legislative Session (1995–97), Lindner served on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Health and Human Services Finance Division Subcommittee, and Housing Committee. For the 80th Legislative Session (1997–99), Lindner served on the Capital Investment Committee, Education Subcommittee: Family and Early Childhood Education Finance Division, and Health and Human Services Committee. For the 81st Legislative Session (1999–2001), Lindner served on the Capital Investment Committee, Jobs and Economic Development Finance Committee, and was Chair of the Jobs and Economic Development Policy Committee. For the 82nd Legislative Session (2001–03), Lindner served on the Civil Law Committee, Jobs and Economic Development Finance Committee, the Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development Committee, and was Chair of the Economic Development and Tourism Division Subcommittee. For the 83rd Legislative Session (2003–05), Lindner served on the Taxes Committee, Jobs and Economic Development Finance Committee, the Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development Committee, and was Chair of the Economic Development and Tourism Division Subcommittee.
In 2003, Keith Ellison and a group of fellow DFLers of the Minnesota House of Representatives filed an ethics complaint against Lindner for a speech he made denying that homosexuals were targeted by the Nazis and slain in the Holocaust. He made several comments on the floor of the House while he introduced a bill that would "repeal the state's pro-gay human rights amendment and remove sexual orientation from its hate-crimes law." This led to Lindner being denied the Republican endorsement in the 2004 elections. He ran as an independent and lost the election with 19.3% of the vote.
- "Results for State Representative District 32A". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
- "Minn. Kampf – Politics – Minnesota state representative Arlon Lindner". The Advocate. April 15, 2003. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2007. Retrieved on December 13, 2006
- "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present-Legislator Record-Lindner, Arlon". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 12, 2015.