Harry A. Sieben

Harry A. "Tex" Sieben Jr. (born November 24, 1943) is an American politician from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and a former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He is a founding partner of personal injury law firm SiebenCarey and is a retired major general in the Minnesota Air National Guard.

Harry A. Sieben
49th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
January 1981  January 1985
Preceded byFred C. Norton
Succeeded byDavid M. Jennings
Minnesota State Representative
In office
January 1971  January 1985
Personal details
Born (1943-11-24) November 24, 1943
Hastings, Minnesota
Political partyDFL
ChildrenJeffrey, Thomas, Christopher and Rebecca
ResidenceHastings, Minnesota
Alma materWinona State College
University of Minnesota
ProfessionAttorney, Air National Guard

Sieben was born in Hastings, Minnesota, and attended Hastings High School. He earned his B.A. in business administration from Winona State College (now Winona State University) in 1965, and J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1968. He joined the law firm of Grose, Von Holtum and Sieben (now SiebenCarey) until he was elected to the Minnesota House in 1970 as a member of the Liberal caucus in the officially non-partisan legislature, and later as a Democrat when political parties were recognized in the legislature. Sieben served 14 years in the Legislature and was Speaker of the House between 1981 and 1984. In 1985 he rejoined his previous law firm.

In 1968, Sieben joined the United States Army Reserve, where he served seven years with the Military Intelligence Branch working as a Morse code intercept operator and platoon leader. He then received a direct commission in the Minnesota Air National Guard in April 1975. He served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps for the 133rd Airlift Wing, 148th Fighter Wing and Headquarters Minnesota Air National Guard. In 1990, he was appointed as the state judge advocate for the Minnesota National Guard. In 1997 he was promoted to brigadier general and assistant adjutant general in the Minnesota Air National Guard, and later as acting adjutant general for the State of Minnesota. He was promoted to major general in 2003. After retiring from the military, Sieben became a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for Minnesota on October 27, 2006.

Sieben is married to wife, Virginia, and has two children and two stepchildren. Both his brother, Michael Sieben, and niece, Katie Sieben, have served in the Minnesota State Legislature. Sieben's father, Harry Sieben Sr., was also active in Minnesota politics.


Political offices
Preceded by
Fred C. Norton
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by
David M. Jennings

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