DURENBERGER, David Ferdinand (1934-)

DURENBERGER, DAVID FERDINAND, a Senator from Minnesota; born in St. Cloud, Stearns County, Minn., August 19, 1934; attended the public schools in Collegeville, Minn.; graduated, St. John's Prep School, Collegeville, 1951; graduated, St. John's University 1955 and University of Minnesota Law School 1959; admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1959 and commenced practice in St. Paul; served in the United States Army 1956-1963; elected in a special election on November 7, 1978, as a Republican to the United States Senate to complete the unexpired term of Hubert H. Humphrey ending January 3, 1983; reelected in 1982 and again in 1988 and served from November 8, 1978, to January 3, 1995; was not a candidate for reelection in 1994; chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence (Ninety-ninth Congress); denounced by the Senate in 1990 for unethical conduct; pleaded guilty in 1995 to charges of misuse of public funds while in office, and sentenced to one year of probation; senior counselor with APCO Associates, a consulting firm in the District of Columbia, 1995-.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1954-1996. 418 cubic feet. Documenting his Senate service. They include legislative, legislative assistants', constituent service, press, Minneapolis office, campaign files, and miscellaneous materials. They are strong in documenting health care issues. Restricted. Inventory available online.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Minnesota Nuclear Weapons Freeze campaign records, 1982-1992; Rudy Boschwitz papers, 1953-1993 (bulk 1978-1990); David Graven (Minnesotans for Durenberger) papers; Metropolitan Open Space Advisory Board records, 1972-1974; Minnesota Commission on the Arts records, 1975-1977; State Auditor Arne Carlson files, 1978-1990; files as executive assistant to Governor Harold LeVander, 1966-1970; and several others.

Moorhead State University
Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
Moorhead, MN
Papers: 4 letters in Douglas Sillers papers, 1957-1980.

  • Durenberger, David F. Neither Madmen Nor Messiahs: A Policy of National Security for America. Minneapolis: Piranha Press, 1984.