Don Betzold

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Don Betzold
Minnesota State Senate District 51
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic Farmer-Labor
Profession Lawyer
Don Betzold (b. August 27, 1950) was a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate. He was first elected to the position in 1992. Betzold was last re-elected in November of 2006, with his term expiring in 2010. He was defeated in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Betzold graduated from Minnesota in 1972 with his Bachelor's degree in Journalism and later graduated from Minnesota Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1979. Betzold is a private practice attorney in addition to being a Senator. Betzold also served in the Army Judge Advocate General Reserve corps from 1976 to 2002.

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the senate, Betzold was a member of these committees:



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Betzold lost re-election to the 51st District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Pam Wolf ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[2]


On November 7, 2006, Betzold won re-election to the 51st District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Pam Wolf (R).[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 51 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Don Betzold (DFL) 17,802 54.40%
Pam Wolf (R) 14,861 45.41%
Write-In 61 0.19%

Campaign donors

In 2006, Betzold collected $58,790 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $14,314
Donald Betzold $1,200
51st District DFL $952
Jon Stryker $500
Georgiana Betzold $500

District 51

Betzold represented Minnesota Senate District 51. District 51 includes the Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs of Blaine, Mounds View, and Spring Lake Park[5].


Don is married to Lessa Betzold. They have one child and reside in Fridley, Minnesota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 51
Succeeded by
Pam Wolf (R)