|Judge of the
Minnesota Court of Appeals,
|Appointed by||Jesse Ventura|
|Succeeded by||Carol A. Hooten|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2001
|Preceded by||Vin Weber|
|Succeeded by||Mark Kennedy|
March 19, 1942 |
|Spouse(s)||Karen Aaker Minge|
|Children||Erik and Olaf|
|Alma mater||St. Olaf College|
David R. Minge (born March 19, 1942) is a former American judge and political figure. David Minge served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002 until retiring at the end of March 2012. Previously, Minge was a Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party member of the United States House of Representatives serving in the 103rd, 104th, 105th, and 106th congresses, from 1993–2001, representing Minnesota's 2nd congressional district.
Minge was born in Clarkfield, Minnesota and raised in Worthington, Minnesota. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. After earning his Juris Doctor, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he practiced law for several years. He was then offered a teaching position at the University of Wyoming Law School where he taught for seven years. David Minge then moved to Montevideo, Minnesota where he was part of a country law practice, on the school board, and actively involved in community affairs. During this time he was also a consultant to the House Judiciary Committee.
Minge was sworn into the House in 1993, and he became part of the Blue Dog Coalition consisting of moderate and conservative congressional Democrats. He was a champion of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), a federal-state partnership to improve water quality and protect the environment. Minge narrowly lost his campaign for a fifth term to Mark Kennedy in 2000. After his first election to the house, Minge opened a Congressional Field Office in Windom, Minnesota at which point the Windom City Council declared March 20, 1993 as "Congressman David Minge Day".
In 2002, Governor Jesse Ventura appointed Minge to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
David Minge continues to maintain a strong interest in environmental protection and conservation. He is married to Karen Aaker Minge, originally of Gaylord, Minnesota. They have two sons, Erik and Olaf, and four grandchildren (Christopher, Sonja, Annika, and Jocelyn).
|Year||DFL||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|1992||David Minge||132,156||48%||Cal R. Ludeman||131,587||48%||Stan Bentz||Independent||12,246||4%||*|
|1994||David Minge||114,289||52%||Gary B. Revier||98,881||45%||Stan Bentz||Independent||6,535||3%||*|
|1996||David Minge||144,083||55%||Gary B. Revier||107,807||41%||Stan Bentz||Reform||10,283||4%||*|
|1998||David Minge||148,933||57%||Craig Duehring||99,490||38%||Stan Bentz||Reform||12,319||5%||*|
|2000||David Minge||138,802||48%||Mark Kennedy||138,957||48%||Gerald Brekke||Independence||7,875||3%||Ron Helwig||Libertarian||1,929||1%||*|
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1992, write-ins received 414 votes. In 1994, write-ins received 80 votes. In 1996, write-ins received 180 votes. In 1998, write-ins received 385 votes. In 2000, Constitution Party candidate Dennis A. Burda received 1,337 votes.
David Minge's congressional files are available for research use. They include correspondence, subject files, legislative files, campaign files, press office files, photographs and video and sound recordings.
- "Governor Dayton appoints Judge Carol A. Hooten to fill Second Congressional District seat on Minnesota Court of Appeals". Office of the Governor. Archived from the original on 2015-11-09.
- Joe Kimball (January 11, 2012). "Minge to retire from Court of Appeals; successor sought". MinnPost. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- City of Windom Resolution #93-11 March 16, 1993
- "Minnesota Judicial Branch". Courts.state.mn.us. Archived from the original on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- David Minge Congressional Files
- Minnesota Judicial Branch Judge Profile
- Members of Congress Votes Database
- United States Congress. "David Minge (id: M000795)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Profile of David Minge as avid bicyclist
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district