Lyle Koenen

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Lyle Koenen
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 17th district
20th (2012–2013)
In office
April 18, 2012 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by Gary Kubly
Succeeded by Andrew Lang
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 20B district
In office
January 7, 2003 – April 17, 2012
Preceded by Gary Kubly (District 15B)
Succeeded by Andrew Falk (District 17A)
Personal details
Born (1956-06-16) June 16, 1956 (age 60)
Willmar, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Sandy
Children 4
Alma mater Willmar Technical College

Lyle J. Koenen (born June 16, 1956) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represented District 17, which included portions of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Renville, and Swift counties in the southwestern part of the state.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Koenen attended Maynard High School in Maynard, then went on to Willmar Technical College in Willmar, earning his A.A. in agriculture. He has worked as a dairy farmer and was also a milk truck and school bus driver. He has been co-chair of the Chippewa County National Farmers Union since 1996.[1][2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Koenen was first elected in 2002, and was re-elected four times. He served as chair of the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs subcommittee for the Veterans Affairs Division.[3] On May 21, 2011, he joined the Republicans in voting for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and woman.[4]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

Koenen was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2012 to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Gary Kubly. He was sworn in on April 18, 2012.[5] Koenen ran for re-election to the newly drawn District 17 in 2012, defeating incumbent Willmar Republican Joseph Gimse.[6] He lost re-election to Republican Andrew Lang.


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Koenen, Lyle J". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Lyle J. Koenen - Biography". 1956-06-16. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Lyle Koenen (DFL) 20B - Minnesota House of Representatives". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Roll call vote: Same-sex marriage ban amendment". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  5. ^ Minnesota Senate DFL Caucus Twitter Feed
  6. ^ Peterson, Per (November 8, 2012). "DFL power grab won't change approach". Marshall Independent. 

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