BALDUS, Alvin James

BALDUS, Alvin James
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1926–2017

Biography

BALDUS, Alvin James, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Garner, Hancock County, Iowa, April 27, 1926; graduated, Elkton (Minn.) High School; A.A., Austin (Minn.) Junior College, 1946-1948; worked as investment broker and manufacturer's agent for farm machinery; served in the United States Merchant Marine, 1944-1946; United States Army, 1951-1953, recipient of bronze star; served in the Wisconsin general assembly, 1966-1975; assistant majority leader, 1973; delegate, Wisconsin state Democratic conventions, 1966-1987; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth through the Ninety-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1981); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; member of the Wisconsin state assembly, 1989-1996; died on February 2, 2017, in Menomonie, Wis.; interment in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Menomonie, Wis.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Wisconsin Historical Society
Library-Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In the Wisconsin Legislature Assembly, Committee on State Affairs records, 1967-1988, 2.8 cubic feet. Persons represented include Alvin Baldus.

Wisconsin Historical Society
University Archives and Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Menomonie, WI
Papers: ca. 1965-1995, 25 cubic feet. The papers relate primarily to Alvin Baldus's career in Congress and his second Assembly stint and include personal and biographical information; speeches, recorded radio feeds, press releases, questionnaires, and other press material; constituent correspondence regarding legislation and individual problems; district project files; campaign files; office administrative files; and material concerning Baldus' chairmanship of the Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee of the Agriculture Committee and the Energy, Environment, Safety, and Research Subcommittee of the Small Business Committee. There is an incomplete name index to the correspondence. Although the collection contains virtually no working files on legislation, there are excellent materials on efforts to maintain contact with constituents. Additional subjects in which Baldus was particularly interested and which are well documented include agriculture, the dairy industry, small business, solar energy, practical politics, the Cuban emigrees at Fort McCoy, and the LaFarge Dam controversy. State legislative files include information on tort reform and on establishing a labor concession lien to protect employees (prompted by the closing of the Uniroyal company in Eau Claire, Wis.). A finding aid is available in the repository.
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