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Al Quie
Albert Quie (2014).jpg
35th Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 4, 1979 – January 3, 1983
LieutenantLou Wangberg
Preceded byRudy Perpich
Succeeded byRudy Perpich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st district
In office
February 18, 1958 – January 3, 1979
Preceded byAugust Andresen
Succeeded byArlen Erdahl
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 18th district
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1958
Preceded byHomer Covert
Succeeded byArnin Sundet
Personal details
Born (1923-09-18) September 18, 1923 (age 96)
Dennison, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationSt. Olaf College (BA)
Quie in 1977
Quie in 1977

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]

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Narrator: Water... our most precious natural resource. On December 16th, 1974 President Gerald Ford signed the federal Safe Drinking Water Act marking the first time a national program of regulations and standards was established to include all public water suppliers in the United States. Walter Mondale, who would later become the Vice President of the United States was a U.S. Senator when the act was passed. Mondale: The seventy-four act helped get people's attention, and a lot more progress was made as a result. So we were able to... I would say, fundamentally reform the role of the national government as a protector of the environment, and working of course with the states and local governments to get it done. As we used to say... water and air don't respect state boundaries. So the states... Minnesota was probably, again, the best in the country but many states were not doing a good job Americans couldn't be sure of safe drinking water and the seventy-four act that we passed was designed to use the power of the federal government to provide leadership and funding to help states do the job. Quie: What I had to decide is, where am I going to stand on these questions, and I laid this principle that with air and water... that is national and you don't worry about your home area as though you're doing something just for them you're doing something for a good part of the nation, if you work in the air and water part of it, because water travels across state lines, and to leave it to each state then how horrible it would be if Minnesota, for instance, would not have pure water, and it flows in three different areas from the state. And so that's our responsibility as citizens of this nation. Narrator: Minnesota was fortunate that it had strong regulations in place well before the Safe Drinking Water Act passed. In 1872, a typhoid fever outbreak linked to impure drinking water, created an urgency to establish the State Board of Health... now the Minnesota Department of Health. Throughout the 20th century, Minnesota has expanded its efforts and programs to ensure safe water. Schneider: In 1974 when the Safe Drinking Water Act was passed, it really... I think, brought that level of treatment and mandated it for all levels of government and water suppliers in the United States, whereas before then... it was more than likely identified in the big cities as something that was really required and important but this brought it out to every public water supply in the United States which takes that safety aspect; not only in the urban areas but out towards all the areas of the country that are served by public water supplies. Linc Stine: It's important that we continue to talk about prevention... prevention is the single most effective strategy, the most cost-effective strategy that we have in cleaning up our water resources. If we have to spend money to treat water either through waste water treatment or through drinking water treatment plants that's an unwise use of our money, that's less sustainable than preventing the harm in the first place. Schneider: The Safe Drinking Water Act ensures that when people take a drink of water in the United States that they can be assured the water's been tested, the water safe to drink, and it meets all the requirements of the act. Quie: To be able to go into anybody's home... turn on the tap get that cold water out there, have a drink of water and not worry about it... and so I love it, because people come here and visit and then they want a drink of water, and I say, "Hey they can grab a glass out of the cupboard... and they open the tap in the kitchen and drink it." I said, "they have confidence, not in me, but in this whole community." Mondale: Safe drinking water is almost the first requirement of a prosperous community. If you have questions, serious questions about safe water, clean water people are going to do something about that and it could be a small town... it simply could ruin it you start with that. Narrator: Everyone plays a role in guarding the safety of our water and making sure investments are made to keep it that way. Small but significant actions by individuals can and do result in massive collective gains. While the federal act continues to evolve, Minnesota has made progress in it's own ways. Ehlinger: Minnesota has been really forward-looking in terms of environmental issues, and I think the Legacy Amendment here in Minnesota in 2008 which really set aside some resources to really protect our groundwater and our surface water and it is been a good investment and it's an investment for the future while we work today to protect things for our children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren. McCollum: Safe and adequate drinking water is something we all rely on. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that America's drinking water is protected and available to everyone. Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes is a leader in providing safe drinking water. Today, over four million Minnesotans get their tap water from public water systems. The Minnesota Department of Health, the Metropolitan Council and other agencies are working together to protect our water sources so all Minnesotans can easily access safe drinking water supplies today, and tomorrow.


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 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. Three of his grandparents were Norwegian immigrants.[6] He served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield in 1950 with a degree in political science.

Quie's wife, artist and former First Lady of Minnesota Gretchen Quie, died of Parkinson's disease on December 13, 2015, at the age of 88.[7]

In popular culture

In Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Days, Quie is said to be the first governor ever to set foot in the mythical town of Lake Wobegon, "slipping quietly away from his duties to attend a ceremony dedicating a plaque attached to the Statue of the Unknown Norwegian" and making a few remarks.


  1. ^ a b Al (Albert Harold) Quie : Governors of Minnesota Archived June 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. 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 Archived June 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. MinnPost. Retrieved on September 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "United States Census, 1930", FamilySearch, retrieved March 18, 2018
  7. ^ Salisbury, Bill (December 14, 2015). "Gretchen Quie, opened governor's house to public, dies at 88". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved January 3, 2016.

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U.S. 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
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