Al Quie

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Al Quie
Albert Quie (2014).jpg
35th Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 4, 1979 – January 3, 1983
Lieutenant Lou Wangberg
Preceded by Rudy Perpich
Succeeded by Rudy Perpich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st district
In office
February 18, 1958 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by August Andresen
Succeeded by Arlen Erdahl
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 18th district
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1958
Preceded by Homer Covert
Succeeded by Arnin Sundet
Personal details
Born (1923-09-18) September 18, 1923 (age 95)
Dennison, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gretchen Hansen (1948-2015; her death)
Children Five
Alma mater St. Olaf College

Albert Harold "Al" Quie (born September 18, 1923) is an American politician who served as the 35th Governor of Minnesota from January 4, 1979, to January 3, 1983.[1]

State and national government service

A Republican, Quie was a member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1955 to 1958, representing the old 18th District, which encompassed Rice County in the southeastern part of the state.[2] He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election after the death of Representative August Andresen, and served from February 18, 1958, to January 3, 1979. He was a member of the 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, 93rd, 94th and 95th Congresses.[3]

Quie was briefly considered for Vice President of the United States in 1974 after Gerald Ford became president upon the resignation of Richard Nixon. The position was eventually taken by Nelson Rockefeller.[4]

Quie ran for and was elected governor of Minnesota in 1978.[1] During his single term, he dealt with an extreme budget crisis, and made some very tough and unpopular choices. He opted not to run again in 1982.[5]

Background, education and family

Quie was born on his family's farm near Dennison, Minnesota, in Rice County. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and in 1950 graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield with a degree in political science.

Quie's wife, artist and former First Lady of Minnesota Gretchen Quie, died on December 13, 2015, at the age of 88.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Al (Albert Harold) Quie : Governors of Minnesota. Mnhs.Org. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  2. Minnesota Legislators Past & Present – Legislator Record – Quie, Albert Harold "Al". Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  3. QUIE, Albert Harold – Biographical Information. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  4. The Talent Search – Time. (August 19, 1974). Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  5. Crossing the partisan divide: Minnesota budgets and politics in the 1980s. MinnPost. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  6. Salisbury, Bill (2015-12-14). "Gretchen Quie, opened governor's house to public, dies at 88". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2016-01-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
August Andresen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Arlen Erdahl
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Johnson
Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Wheelock Whitney
Political offices
Preceded by
Rudy Perpich
Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Rudy Perpich