|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 39A district
January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Ray Vandeveer|
March 1, 1951 |
|Political party||Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Residence||Forest Lake, Minnesota|
|Alma mater||Bemidji State University
University of St. Thomas
|Occupation||legislator, teacher, veteran|
Robert P. "Bob" Dettmer (born March 1, 1951) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 39A, located in the northeastern part of the Twin Cities metro area, which includes Chisago and Washington counties.
Early life, education, and career
Dettmer attended Bemidji State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education in 1973. He subsequently became a teacher in Forest Lake at Forest Lake High School, where he taught physical education and coached wrestling until 2006.
Dettmer served in the United States Army Reserve retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) in the Military Intelligence branch. In November 2001, he began a two-year tour on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and later Operation Iraqi Freedom. Two of his sons also serve as officers in the U.S. Army.
Minnesota House of Representatives
Dettmer was elected in 2006 to the open seat vacated by Representative Ray Vandeveer, who ran for higher office that year. He was re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. He focuses on the issues of education, health care reform, economic growth, transportation, and public safety.