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David Durenberger

David Durenberger
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
November 8, 1978 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Muriel Humphrey
Succeeded by Rod Grams
Personal details
Born David Ferdinand Durenberger
(1934-08-19) August 19, 1934
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Political party Independent
(Republican while in office)
Spouse(s) Judy Durenberger, deceased
Susan B. Foote
Alma mater Saint John's University
University of Minnesota Law School
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1956–1963

David Ferdinand Durenberger (born August 19, 1934) is an American politician and a former Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.


  • Early life 1
  • U.S. Senate 2
  • Post-Senate life 3
  • Personal papers 4
  • Electoral history 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Durenberger was born in

United States Senate
Preceded by
Muriel Humphrey
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Minnesota
Served alongside: Wendell Anderson, Rudy Boschwitz, Paul Wellstone
Succeeded by
Rod Grams
Political offices
Preceded by
Barry Goldwater
Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee
Succeeded by
David L. Boren

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ Corrine Charais, Political Action Among Alumni, Perspectives, Spring 2007 (page 18).
  4. ^ David Durenberger at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  5. ^ Inside Minnesota Politics Podcast: Sen. Dave Durenberger Pt 2
  6. ^ Tom Horner
  7. ^ David Durenberger senatorial files


  • 1978 race for U.S. Senate (special election)
    • David Durenberger (R), 62%
    • Bob Short (DFL), 35%
  • 1982 race for U.S. Senate
    • David Durenberger (R) (inc.), 53%
    • Mark Dayton (DFL), 47%
  • 1988 race for U.S. Senate

Electoral history

A collection of Durenberger's senatorial files documents Durenberger's three terms in the United States Senate, and is strongest in its documentation of the final term (1989–1995). The papers are perhaps most significant for the information they contain about his interest in, and legislative activities regarding, health policy and health care reform issues. [7]

Personal papers

Durenberger currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Energy Literacy Advocates.

Durenberger gave an interview in 2005 on the Inside Minnesota Politics Podcast, stating that he is no longer a supporter of the Republican Party but is not a supporter of the Iraq War.[5] In 2010, Durenberger endorsed his former chief of staff, Independence Party member Tom Horner, for governor.[6]

He did not run for reelection in 1994 and was succeeded by Rod Grams. In 1995 he pleaded guilty to charges of misuse of public funds while in office, and was sentenced to one year of probation.[4]

Post-Senate life

Senator Durenberger chairs the National Institute of Health Policy (NIHP), and is a Senior Health Policy Fellow at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. He serves on the board of National Coalition on HealthCare ( He has also served on various national health commissions and boards, including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and Board of the National Commission on Quality Assurance (NCQA), Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Senator Durenberger was Senate sponsor of the Medicare Catastrophic act, AHCPR (now AHRQ) voting rights for handicapped, Americans with Disabilities Act, President Bush’s 1000 Points of Light and President Clinton’s National and Community Service Act, National Service Learning, Consumer Choice Education act (charter schools authority, Safe Drinking Water Act, higher education Direct Lending Act, and Women’s Economic Equity Act.

In addition, Senator Durenberger chaired the Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee, led President Reagan’s New Federalism effort in 1982, and was a 14-year member of the Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. He was a member of the Senate Environment Committee; Government Affairs Committee; and the committee now known as the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and served as vice chair of the Pepper Commission in 1989-1990.

Senator Durenberger served as the senior U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 1978 to 1995, becoming the only Republican U.S. Senator from Minnesota to be elected to three terms. During his time in the Senate, Senator Durenberger served as chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence and chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, and was catapulted into leadership role in national health reform.

On November 7, 1978, Durenberger was elected in a special election to complete the unexpired term of Senator Hubert Humphrey, whose position had temporarily been filled by Humphrey's wife Muriel. He was reelected in 1982 and again in 1988, serving from November 8, 1978, to January 3, 1995, in the 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th, 101st, 102nd and 103rd Congresses. He served as the chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence during the 99th Congress.

U.S. Senate

from 1956 to 1963. United States Army Reserve He served in the [3] in 1959.J.D., receiving his University of Minnesota Law School and then from the Saint John's University Durenberger graduated first from [2] He is of German and Polish descent.[1]

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