Dan Hall (politician)

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Dan Hall
Senator Dan Hall Photo.jpg
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 56th district
40th (2011–2013)
Assumed office
January 4, 2011
Preceded by John Doll
Personal details
Born (1952-04-16) April 16, 1952 (age 65)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Valerie (m. 1974)
Children 8
Residence Burnsville, Minnesota
Alma mater Augsburg College
Occupation business relationship management, legislator
Religion Christian

Dan D. Hall (born April 16, 1952) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 56, which includes portions of the cities of Burnsville, Savage and Lakeville in Dakota and Scott counties in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Hall was born and raised in Minneapolis. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, then went on to Augsburg College, also in Minneapolis, where he majored in health and physical education, and where he was a hockey All-American.

He is vice president of Business Relations with JUX Law Firm and the former CEO of Midwest Chaplains, a former director of the Minneapolis YMCA, and a former Christian school principal.[1][2]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

Hall was first elected in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012. His special legislative concerns include jobs, taxes, the budget, and education.[3] In 2014, Hall opposed the Women's Economic Security Act, legislation requiring contractors to pay women equally, saying "I will not stand here and vote for a bill that promotes one gender over another."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Active in his community, Hall is a volunteer chaplain for the Burnsville Police and Fire departments, a youth hockey, soccer, volleyball and softball coach, an Open Arms food shelf volunteer coordinator, a youth hockey camp volunteer, and a YMCA Youth in Government volunteer advisor. He was also a chaplain at the Minnesota State Capitol and a volunteer chaplain after the I-35W bridge collapse.[1][2]

Criticism[edit]

According to Hall, Hall has attracted significant criticism in regards to his opposition to the legalization of gay marriage in Minnesota, saying "I can't tell you how many letters I've gotten that said, 'you're a bigot,' or tweets 'you're a bigot because you disagree,'" Hall said. "Really? Really? I'm trying to be a nice guy but I have a different opinion. So now you're labeling me, name-calling me." [5]

Comments on education[edit]

In April 2011, Hall criticized government-mandated integration and segregation, saying "I watched Minneapolis get destroyed, so I not only didn’t want my kids in the school system. I took them out of Minneapolis because they ruined our neighborhoods with integration and segregation."[6] Hall's statements were made in an effort to reduce schools' emphasis on race and increase their emphasis on literacy for students of all backgrounds. "I am a product of the Minneapolis school system," he explained, "completing all of my years, all the different schools. I graduated with a 6th grade reading ability. I struggled my whole life. We need to teach kids how to read"[6] Hall agrees with the Minnesota's Office of the Legislative Auditor's report which found that the Integration Revenue funding formula has some unintended and potentially negative consequences.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hall, Dan D.". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Bio". Dan Hall Volunteer Team. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Senator Dan D. Hall (R) District 56". Minnesota Senate. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Roper, Eric (May 11, 2014). "Dayton signs law to give women a better workplace". Star Tribune. 
  5. ^ http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/13/politics/same-sex-marriage-bill-house-senate
  6. ^ a b Birkey, Andy (April 1, 2011). "Sen. Hall: Minneapolis 'destroyed' by integration". Minnesota Independent. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ "School District Integration Revenue" (PDF). Office of the Legislative Auditor. November 2005. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 

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