David Minge

For other uses, see Minge (disambiguation).
The Honorable
David Minge
Judge of the
Minnesota Court of Appeals,
2nd district
In office
Appointed by Jesse Ventura
Succeeded by Carol 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 by Vin Weber
Succeeded by Mark Kennedy
Personal details
Born (1942-03-19) March 19, 1942
Clarkfield, Minnesota
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse(s) Karen Aaker Minge
Children Erik and Olaf
Alma mater St. Olaf College

David R. Minge (born March 19, 1942) is a former American judge and political figure. 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.


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

Minge was sworn in to 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]

In 2002, Governor Jesse Ventura appointed Minge to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

David Minge continues to maintain a strong interest in environmental protection and conservation. He is married to Karen Aaker Minge, originally of Gaylord, Minnesota.[4] They have two sons, Erik and Olaf, and four grandchildren (Christopher, Sonja, Annika, and Jocelyn).

Electoral history

Minnesota's 2nd congressional district: Results 19922000[5]
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.[6]


  1. 1 2 "Governor Dayton appoints Judge Carol A. Hooten to fill Second Congressional District seat on Minnesota Court of Appeals". Office of the Governor.
  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. "Minnesota Judicial Branch". Courts.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  5. "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  6. David Minge Congressional Files

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

Succeeded by
Mark Kennedy
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