Dave Durenberger was born in 1934 and educated on the campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN where his father was athletic director for 42 years. He lives now in Saint Paul, MN and with his wife Susan Bartlett Foote has six children and 14 grandchildren.
He served as a commissioned reserve officer in the U.S. Army, graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and practiced law with Harold LeVander in South Saint Paul until serving as Executive Secretary to Governor LeVander and then Counsel for Legal and Community Affairs to former Governor Elmer L. Andersen’s H. B. Fuller Company in Saint Paul.
In 1978, Durenberger was elected to the U. S. Senate to replace Hubert and Muriel Humphrey, was re-elected in 1982 and 1988, and retired in Jan. 1995, becoming the longest serving popularly elected Republican Senator in Minnesota history. He then helped found the National Institute of Health Policy at the Opus College of Business in the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul as well as its now popular Masters in Health program.
Dave continues to serve in leadership roles at many Minnesota and national policy non-profits. Known nationally as one of the best informed health policy reform experts, his contributions to national policy are best summarized in a book he wrote in 2018 with Lori Sturdevant of the Minneapolis Tribune called When Republicans Were Progressive.
In this book he describes from experience with Minnesota political leaders from Harold Stassen to Arne Carlson, sixty years of the contributions grass roots Republicans have made to defining and solving critical problems.