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Morrie Lanning

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Morrie Lanning
Minnesota House of Representatives District 9A
Former Member
In office
2003 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sConcordia College
Master'sNorth Dakota State University
Date of birthAugust 27, 1944
ProfessionVice President/Dean, Concordia College
Office website
Morrie Lanning (b. August 27, 1944) is a former Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 9A from 2003 to 2013.

Lanning has served as Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Concordia College - Moorhead.

Prior to joining the House, he was Mayor of the City of Moorhead from 1980-2001, and a Moorhead Alderman from 1974-1979.

Lanning is President of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, founding board member of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, founder of the Heritage-Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, and co-founder/co-chair of the International Coalition for Land and Water Stewardship in the Red River Basin.[1]

He is married and has 2 children.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lanning served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lanning served on these committees:



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lanning won re-election to the District 9A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Greg Lemke (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 9A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Greg Lemke (DFL) 5,356 39.82%
Green check mark transparent.png Morrie Lanning (R) 8,081 60.08%
Write-In 13 0.1%


On November 4, 2008, Morrie Lanning won election to the District 9A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Mark Olaf Altenburg. [3]

Morrie Lanning raised $26,553 for his campaign.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 9A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Morrie Lanning (R) 11,739 59.15%
Mark Olaf Altenburg (DFL) 8,064 40.63%
Write-In 44 0.22%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Lanning received $22,218 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Morrie Lanning's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$4,410
Naiop Economic Growth Fund C/O The Harrington Co$500
Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance$500
Inter Faculty Organization$500
Minnesota Dental Association$300
Total Raised in 2010 $22,218


Listed below is the largest contributor to Morrie Lanning's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $5,493


Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[6]


Lanning received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 64th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[7]


Lanning received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 42nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [8]

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Preceded by
Minnesota State House District 9A
Succeeded by
Mark Anderson (R)