Becker County

Becker County is located in northwestern Minnesota and was established on March 18, 1858 by the Territorial Legislature. The county was named after George L. Becker, a St. Paul Alderman (1854-1856), Mayor of St. Paul (1856), and State Senator (SD 01, 1868-1872). Becker was also a candidate in 1857 for one of an expected three at-large U.S. House seats and placed third, but when Minnesota received only two seats in 1858, the top three finishers drew lots and Becker came up short. Detroit Lakes is the county seat. Source: Becker County website.

Notable candidates from Becker County include:

  • Frank DeGroat (resident): Conservative Caucus/Republican State Representative (1963-1977)
  • Collin C. Peterson (resident): DFL State Senator (1977-1987) and U.S. Representative (1991-2021)


Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Legislative Districts

Congressional Districts
Starting Ending Districts
1858 1863 At-Large
1863 1873 CD 02
1873 1883 CD 03
1883 1893 CD 05
1893 1903 CD 07
1903 1933 CD 09
1933 1935 At-Large
1935 1963 CD 09
1963 2023 CD 07
2023 2033 CD 07, 08
Senate Districts
Starting Ending Districts
1861 1872 SD 03
1872 1882 SD 41
1882 1891 SD 44
1891 1899 SD 50
1899 1915 SD 60
1915 1963 SD 63
1963 1967 SD 57
1967 1973 SD 65
1973 1983 SD 10
1983 1993 SD 09, 10
1993 2003 SD 02, 09, 11
2003 2013 SD 02, 09, 10
2013 2023 SD 02, 04
2023 2033 SD 02, 04, 05
House Districts
Starting Ending Districts
1861 1872 HD 03
1872 1882 HD 41
1882 1891 HD 44
1891 1899 HD 50
1899 1915 HD 60
1915 1963 HD 63
1963 1967 HD 57
1967 1973 HD 65A
1973 1983 HD 10A
1983 1993 HD 09B, 10A
1993 2003 HD 02A, 02B, 09B, 11A
2003 2013 HD 02A, 09B, 10B
2013 2023 HD 02B, 04B
2023 2033 HD 02B, 04B, 05A

Candidates

Candidate Birth county Residence county Elections
Allen, Byron G. Out of state Becker 1970, State House, District 65A, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1950, State Senate, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1946, State Senate, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1946, State Senate, District 63, Primary (Nonpartisan, Won)
1944, Governor, General (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Lost)
1944, Governor, Primary (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Won)
Anderson, Arthur B. Out of state Otter Tail Becker 1966, State Senate, District 65, Primary (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1960, State House, District 63, Primary (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1946, State Senate, District 63, Primary (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1942, State Senate, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1940, State House, District 50, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
Anderson, Brian Becker Becker 2020, State House, District 04B, General (Republican, Lost)
Anderson, Arthur (A.B.) Out of state Becker 1968, State House, District 65A, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1962, State House, District 57, Primary (Nonpartisan, Lost)
Anderson, Ray J. Becker Becker 1966, State House, District 65A, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
Anderson, F.E. (Fritz) Becker Otter Tail 1977, U.S. House, District 07, Special Primary (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Lost)
1948, Lieutenant Governor, Primary (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Lost)
Anderson, Cyndi Out of state Becker 2000, State House, District 11A, General (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Lost)
2000, State House, District 11A, Primary (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Won)
Baldwin, John Harvey (J.H.) Out of state Becker 1922, State Senate, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1918, State Senate, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1914, State Senate, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
Basford, Harry Itasca Becker 1966, State Senate, District 65, Primary (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1964, State House, District 57, Primary (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1962, State House, District 57, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1962, State House, District 57, Primary (Nonpartisan, Won)
1960, State House, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1960, State House, District 63, Primary (Nonpartisan, Won)
1958, State House, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1956, State House, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1954, State House, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1952, State House, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1950, State House, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1948, State House, District 63, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
Battey, Richard H. (R.H.) Out of state Becker 1912, U.S. House, District 09, Primary (Republican, Lost)