Bob Vanasek

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Bob Vanasek
52nd Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
June 25, 1987 – January 6, 1992
Preceded byFred Norton
Succeeded byDee Long
Minnesota State Representative from District 25A
In office
January 1983 – January 1993
Preceded byDouglas W. Carlson
Succeeded byKay Brown
Minnesota State Representative from District 24A
In office
January 1973 – January 1983
Preceded byDelbert F. Anderson
Succeeded byMark J. Piepho
Personal details
Born (1949-04-02) April 2, 1949 (age 70)
New Prague, Minnesota
Political partyDFL
Spouse(s)Mary Vanasek
ResidenceNew Prague, Minnesota
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
John F. Kennedy School of Government
William Mitchell College of Law
ProfessionPublic Relations, lobbyist

Robert E. "Bob" Vanasek (born April 2, 1949) is a Minnesota politician and a former member and Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A Democrat, he was first elected to the House in 1972 at just 23 years of age, and was re-elected every two years from 1974 to 1990. He represented the old districts 24A and 25A, which included portions of Dakota, Le Sueur, Rice and Scott counties in the southeastern part of the state.[1]

Education background[edit]

Vanasek graduated from New Prague High School in New Prague, and received a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota. He went on to receive his M.A. in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1985 through a Bush Foundation Fellowship.[2] He also attended William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul.[1]

Legislative and professional leadership[edit]

While in the legislature, Vanasek served as chair of the House Criminal Justice and Judiciary committees, the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee. He was an assistant majority leader from 1979–1985, and, briefly, majority leader in 1987.[1]

Vanasek became Speaker in 1987, after the resignation of Fred Norton, who was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals by Governor Rudy Perpich. He served as Speaker until 1992, when he left the legislature to become executive director of the Minnesota High Technology Council, a private organization, until 1995.[1] He was vice president of public affairs at Metropolitan State University from 1995–1999.[3]

Vanasek has run Robert Vanasek & Associates since 1999, and is currently a lobbyist for a variety of organizations.[4] He is also a member of the board of directors of Minnesota's Private Colleges.[5]

Honorary consul of the Czech Republic[edit]

Vanasek was installed as the new honorary consul of the Czech Republic for the four-state area of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota on September 19, 2009, by Czech Ambassador Petr Kolar. The Czech Republic maintains 14 consulates in the United States, and 166 worldwide. The Czech honorary consulate joins some 30 other such honorary and official consulates with jurisdiction in the state of Minnesota.[3][6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present – Legislator Record – Vanasek, Robert E". Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "Bush Foundation | Robert Vanasek". Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Vanasek to be installed honorary consul of the Czech Republic | Shakopee Valley News". September 11, 2008. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  4. ^ "Robert Whereatt". MinnPost. July 30, 2008. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "Minnesota's Private Colleges – Board of Directors". Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  6. ^ "New Honorary Consul in Minneapolis | Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago". Retrieved July 20, 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fred Norton
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Dee Long
Preceded by
Douglas W. Carlson
State Representative from Minnesota District 25A
Succeeded by
Kay Brown
Preceded by
Delbert F. Anderson
State Representative from Minnesota District 24A
Succeeded by
Mark J. Piepho