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Former Rep. Baldus Remembered for Dedication to Agriculture
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/07/2017

Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Menomonie for former state lawmaker Alvin Baldus, who died last week at the age of 90. The former Democrat Assemblyman, turned Congressman, was born and raised in Iowa. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II and later in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In 1966, he won a seat in the state's 29th Assembly District for eight years. He was then voted into Congress, representing Wisconsin's third district from 1974 until 1980, when he was defeated by Rep. Steve Gunderson.

While in Washington, Baldus served as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee. Gunderson was once quoted as saying that he wanted to be 'as strong a fighter for agriculture as Baldus was.'

After politics, Baldus was hired as the director of governmental affairs for Cenex/Land O'Lakes. He then returned to state government, becoming an assembly representative for a second stint from 1988 through 1997.

A funeral service for Al Baldus has been planned for Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie.

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