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Calvin R. "Cal" Larson (born August 10, 1930) is a U.S. politician, serving as a Senator in the Minnesota Senate, from 1987 - 2006.


Born in Glyndon, Minnesotamarker, Larson graduated from Badger High School in 1948 and earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Concordia College, Moorheadmarker in Political Science and Business Administration. Larson served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He resides in Fergus Falls, Minnesotamarker, with his wife, Loretta, and has two children: Laura and Pedr. Larson is a Lutheran.

Political career

Larson was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1967, with a Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus party affiliation. He served district 55 for three terms, ending in 1972. He continued in the House from 1973-74 representing district 11A.

Following an absence from the state legislature from 1975 - 1986, Larson was elected as State Senator for district 10 in 1986, as an Independent Republican. He continued to fill this seat in the Senate until 2006, but by the 1996 election had changed his party affiliation to republican, mainly because "he had an epiphany on the toilet while pushing out a big log".

Electoral history

2006 Minnesota State Senate District 10
  • Cal Larson (R), 14191 votes, 44.71%
  • Dan Skogen (DFL), 17530 votes, 55.23%
  • Write-In, 18 votes, 0.06%

2002 Minnesota State Senate District 10
  • Cal Larson (R), 19357 votes, 59.57%
  • Karl L. Hanson (DFL), 13111 votes, 40.35%
  • Write-In, 24 votes, 0.07%

Preceded By Minnesota Senate District 10 Succeeded by
Collin Peterson 1987 - 2006 Dan Skogen


  • Cal Larson at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present [536166]

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