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Bill Luther
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byRod Grams
Succeeded byJohn Kline (Redistricting)
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 47th district
45th (1977–1983)
In office
January 4, 1977 – January 1, 1995
Preceded byAl Kowalczyk
Succeeded byDon Kramer
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from the 45th district, Seat B
In office
January 7, 1975 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byErnee M. McArthur
Succeeded byRobert L. Ellingson
Prosecuting Attorney for the Eighth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals
In office
Personal details
William Paul Luther

(1945-06-27) June 27, 1945 (age 75)
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Darlene Luther, Janet Robert
EducationUniversity of Minnesota (BS, JD)

William Paul Luther (born June 27, 1945) is an American politician and lawyer from Minnesota. Luther was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) member of the United States House of Representatives representing Minnesota's 6th congressional district from January 3, 1995, to January 3, 2003, serving in the 104th, 105th, 106th, and 107th congresses,

Luther was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and was educated at the University of Minnesota, receiving a Bachelor of Science in 1967 and a Juris Doctor from the Law School in 1970. He served on the Minnesota Governor's Council on Consumer Affairs from 1974 to 1975 and was later a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1975 to 1976 and the Minnesota Senate from 1977 to 1994. During his career as a state legislator and a congressman, Luther gained an image as a moderate Democrat.

After the 2000 census, Minnesota's congressional map was radically altered, even though the state didn't gain or lose any districts. Luther's 6th District in the northern Twin Cities suburbs was pushed slightly north and made significantly more Republican. After some consideration, Luther opted to run in the newly created 2nd District in the southern suburbs, which contained about 39 percent of his former territory. He faced a rematch against Republican John Kline, his opponent in 1998 and 2000.

During the campaign, Luther came under fire when one of his supporters, Sam Garst, filed for the race under the banner of the "No New Taxes Party." This was done in retaliation for an ad the National Republican Congressional Committee ran in support of Kline that accused Luther of being soft on crime. Luther subsequently admitted that his campaign knew about Garst's false flag campaign.[1] Luther never really recovered and was soundly defeated, taking 42 percent of the vote.

In 2006, Luther entered the DFL Party primary for the office of Minnesota Attorney General after endorsed candidate Matt Entenza withdrew from the race. He lost the primary to Lori Swanson.

Electoral history

  • 2006 Race for state Attorney General — Democratic Primary
  • 2002 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 2nd District
  • 2000 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 6th District
  • 1998 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 6th District
  • 1996 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 6th District
  • 1994 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 6th District


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

External links

  • United States Congress. "Bill Luther (id: L000521)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Bill Luther's Congressional Records are available for research at the Minnesota Historical Society
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rod Grams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mark Kennedy
This page was last edited on 15 February 2020, at 22:18
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