1934 – Born on the 10th of September in Chishlom, Minnesota.
1974 – He served as chief staff assistant to 8th District Congressman John Blatnik for 12 years.
1988 – He has been a champion of creating trails for cycling and hiking to promote healthy living and more active lifestyles.
1989 – He was a member of the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism (PCAST).
2005 – He authored and had passed the Safe Routes to Schools Act.
2006 – He is one of two committee chairmen from Minnesota, the other being Collin Peterson of the neighboring 7th District.
2007 – He was one of 16 Democrats who voted against federal funding for Stem Cell Research.
– He is considered to be the third most Liberal member of the Minnesota delegation in the 109th Congress.