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  Spear, Allan H.
NameAllan H. Spear
Address2429 Colfax Ave. S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405, United States
Born June 24, 1937
DiedOctober 12, 2008 (71 years)
ContributorThe Oncoming Storm
Last ModifedThe Oncoming Storm
Oct 13, 2008 02:36pm
Tags Gay -
InfoAssociate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota

first elected in 1972

Senator Allan Spear has served the state of Minnesota capably for more than a quarter century, both in the Minnesota Senate and as a faculty member of the History Department at the University of Minnesota. Recognized as an eminently evenhanded politician, Allan is well known for his intelligence, integrity, and compassion. In addition to his reputation as a knowledgeable parliamentarian, Allan's expertise on issues ranging from criminal justice to safeguarding the rights of children, the elderly, and other vulnerable people has made him a role model in the struggle for a fair and just society. As the first and longest-serving openly gay male legislator in the nation, Allan was the chief architect of the 1993 Human Rights Act Amendment which extended a guarantee of protection from discrimination in employment, education, and housing to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Minnesotans. It is with the passage of this act that Allan realized what he himself has called his "proudest legislative achievement."


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Oct 12, 2008 08:25pm Obituary Longtime [MN] state senator Allan Spear dies  Article RMF 

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