Former Minnesota House Speaker Irv Anderson dies
ST. PAUL — Former Minnesota House Speaker Irv Anderson has died. He was 85.
Anderson led the state House from 1993 to 1997, part of a long legislative career that started in 1964.
The Democrat from International Falls retired after the 2006 session, having represented a northern Minnesota district for almost 25 years, first in the 1960s and starting again in the 1990s. He also served as majority leader.
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher says in a prepared statement that Anderson was a forceful voice for his constituents.
Anderson fought in World War II as a Navy pilot and helped create the state’s memorial to World War II veterans.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and two children.