Dee Long

Dee Long (born April 1939) is a Minnesota politician, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing part of Minneapolis. Long was the first woman to serve as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, a position she held from 1992 to 1993.[1]

Dee Long
53rd Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
January 6, 1992  September 15, 1993
Preceded byRobert Vanasek
Succeeded byIrv Anderson
Minnesota House Majority Leader
In office
Preceded byAnn Wynia
Succeeded byAlan Welle
Minnesota State Representative from District 60A
In office
January 1993  January 1999
Preceded byKaren J. Clark
Succeeded byMargaret Anderson Kelliher
Minnesota State Representative from District 59A
In office
January 1983  January 1992
Minnesota State Representative from District 56B
In office
January 1979  January 1983
Personal details
BornApril 1939
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political partyDFL
ChildrenCatherine, Nicholas
ResidenceMinneapolis, Minnesota
Alma materNorthwestern University, University of Minnesota
ProfessionCollege Instructor

Long attended Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Minnesota, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology. She first won election to the House of Representatives in 1978, and served in the body until 1998.

Long was elected as the first female Speaker of the House in 1992. Her tenure in that position was cut short due to the "Phonegate" scandal, in which members of the House of Representatives were found to be using state toll-free access codes for personal use. Long resigned the speakership in September 1993, but continued to serve until 1998, becoming the first woman to chair the House Tax Committee.[2]

After leaving the legislature, Long lobbied for energy independence, before retiring in 2007. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

See also


  1. Official State Biography
  2. "Politics in Minnesota, "So Long to Long"". Archived from the original on August 3, 2009. Retrieved January 24, 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Vanasek
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Irv Anderson

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