Rolland W. Redlin

Rolland W. "Rollie" Redlin (February 29, 1920 September 23, 2011) was a U.S. Representative from North Dakota, who served between 1965 and 1967. He also served in the North Dakota Senate from 1959 to 1963 and later returned to serve again from 1973 until his retirement in 2000, as Senate President Pro Tempore 1987-9, and Minority Leadership later during his final 27 years' service. A member of the Democratic-NPL, he lived near Minot, North Dakota until 2009, when he moved to Rapid City, SD, to be closer to family members.

In 1964, he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and won, unseating incumbent Republican Don L. Short. He was the first Democratic Representative to represent Western North Dakota.[1] In 1966, he was defeated for reelection by former Bismarck Mayor Thomas Kleppe. Redlin ran again in 1968 but lost by a narrow margin. He has stated his vote for the 1965 Voting Rights Act was the accomplishment while serving in the US House of Representatives of which he is most proud, and that the breakdown of civil discourse in American politics during the past two decades is perhaps his greatest disappointment.

Redlin died on September 23, 2011, at his home in Rapid City. He was 91.[2]


  1. Bruckner, D. J. R. (October 27, 1966). "North Dakota Democrat Has Strong Opposition". Los Angeles Times. p. A4.
  2. "Rolland Redlin". The Bismarck Tribune. September 25, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Don L. Short
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas S. Kleppe

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