Martin Sabo

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Martin Olav Sabo was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) in the United States House of Representatives for Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District from 1979 to 2007.




Sabo was born February 28, 1938 to Norwegian immigrant parents in Crosby, North Dakota. In 1959 he received a Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, later pursuing graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. He was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1960 at the age of 22, later serving as minority leader (1969–1972) and as house speaker (1973–1978). During his tenure in the state house he served terms as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures and of the National Legislative Conference, and was a presidential appointee to the National Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Sabo's daughter, Julie Sabo, is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and was the 2002 Democratic Farmer Labor Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor.

Congressional Career

When Congressman Don Fraser stepped down to run for the US Senate, Sabo became the Democratic candidate to succeed him. He won easily in the heavily Democratic 5th District and has been reelected thirteen times without any serious opposition. He has served in the House longer than any Minnesotan except fellow Democrat Jim Oberstar.

Iraq War

Sabo voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

2006 Elections

Sabo announced that he would retire at the end of his term. Democrats nominated Keith Maurice Ellison and Republicans nominated Alan Raymond Fine to contest the November 2006 election for his seat. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1]

Meet the Cash Constituents

Links to more campaign contribution information for Martin Sabo
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Bicycle Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Native American Caucus
  • Congressional Urban Caucus
  • Democratic Homeland Security Task Force
  • Democratic Policy Committee
  • Executive Committee, Democratic Study Group
  • Co-Chair, Friends of Norway Congressional Caucus
  • House Democratic Deputy Whip
  • Internet Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Board of Regents, Augsburg College
  • Board Member, Deaconess Hospital
  • Fund-raising, Literacy Campaigns and Little League
  • Trinity Lutheran Church

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Martin Sabo. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites


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