Terry Dempsey

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Terry Dempsey
Terence M. Dempsey.jpg
Minnesota House Minority Leader
In office
January 8, 1991 – May 11, 1992
Preceded by William R. Schreiber
Succeeded by Steve Sviggum
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 23A and 28B district
In office
January 3, 1979 – May 11, 1992
Preceded by Tony Eckstein
Succeeded by Barbara Vickerman
Personal details
Born February 1932 (age 85)
Henderson, Minnesota
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Janet
Children 1
Residence New Ulm, Minnesota
Alma mater College of St. Thomas
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Occupation attorney, judge, legislator, veteran

Terence M. "Terry" Dempsey (born February 1932) is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented the old House districts 23A and 28B, which included all or portions of Brown, Cottonwood, Nicollet and Redwood counties in the south central part of the state. A Republican, he was an attorney and partner in the New Ulm law firm of Somsen, Dempsey and Schade. Later, he served as a Minnesota district court judge. His brother Jerry Dempsey also served in the Minnesota Legislature.[1]

Dempsey was first elected to the House in 1978, unseating former New Ulm mayor and incumbent Rep. Tony Eckstein. He was re-elected to six additional terms. He served as minority leader from 1991 to 1992, and was an assistant minority leader from 1987 to 1991. He was chair of the Taxes Subcommittee for the Local Government Finance Division, and chair of the Rules and Legislative Administration Subcommittee's Select Committee on the Staten Case during the 1985-1986 Biennium.[1]

Raised in Henderson, Dempsey attended the College of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, earning his bachelor's degree in Political Science. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for three years. He graduated from the University of California's Hasting's College of the Law in 1962, earning his J.D.[2] He worked with the Minnesota Public Defender's Office for two years, and was the New Ulm City Attorney for 10 years. He also served on the Minnesota Governor's Crime Commission for two years.[1]

In 1992, Dempsey was appointed a district court judge by Governor Arne Carlson. He resigned from the Minnesota House on May 11, 1992, and served as a Fifth Judicial District judge until 2002. Since leaving the bench, he has continued to be active in state politics, serving on the Minnesota Board on Aging from 2002 to 2010, and on the Minnesota Combative Sports Commission since 2010.[1]


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