The Minnesota House of Representatives honored former Speaker Irv Anderson Thursday, saying nice things about him for nearly an hour.
Anderson, who died in November, spend three decades in the House.
The Hibbing Daily Tribune noted that Anderson’s family watched from the alcove as former colleagues from both sides of the aisle spoke of his commitment to the people of Minnesota.
“Irv was a fighter, an advocate, a person who had strong beliefs and values and never wavered from his unique definition of what was right and what was wrong,” said Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township, who now holds Anderson’s seat.
House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, called him a “lion of the Legislature.”
A former millworker, Anderson was first elected to the Legislature in 1964, and rose to House majority leader in 1973. In 1982, Anderson lost the DFL endorsement in his district. But nine years later, after a number of attempts, Anderson was again elected and finally rose to the position of speaker of the House.