David Minge

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David Minge
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Judge of the
Minnesota Court of Appeals
In office
Appointed byJesse Ventura
Succeeded byCarol A. Hooten[1]
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byVin Weber
Succeeded byMark Kennedy
Personal details
Born (1942-03-19) March 19, 1942 (age 81)
Clarkfield, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Farmer-Labor
SpouseKaren Aaker Minge
ChildrenErik and Olaf
EducationSt. Olaf College (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)

David R. Minge (born March 19, 1942) is an American former judge and politician. David Minge served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002 until retiring at the end of March 2012.[1][2] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Minge was born in Clarkfield, Minnesota and raised in Worthington, Minnesota. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Legal career[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

He served on the Montevideo School Board from 1989 to 1992.

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".[3]

State judicial service[edit]

In 2002, Governor Jesse Ventura appointed Minge to the Minnesota Court of Appeals from the second congressional district, the same area where he served in Congress. In 2012, he retired from active status.

Post political career[edit]

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Karen Aaker Minge, originally of Gaylord, Minnesota.[5] They have two sons, Erik and Olaf, and four grandchildren (Christopher, Sonja, Kiran, and Joy).

Electoral history[edit]

Minnesota's 2nd congressional district: Results 1992–2000[6]
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.[7]


  1. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ Joe Kimball (January 11, 2012). "Minge to retire from Court of Appeals; successor sought". MinnPost. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
  3. ^ City of Windom Resolution #93-11 March 16, 1993
  4. ^ "Board Members". crfb.org. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  5. ^ "Minnesota Judicial Branch". Courts.state.mn.us. Archived from the original on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  6. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  7. ^ David Minge Congressional Files

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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
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