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Russell Olson

Russell OlsonAKA Russell A. Olson

Born: 19-Feb-1924
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 14-Apr-2010
Location of death: Holmes Beach, FL
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Lt. Governor of Wisconsin, 1979-83

Military service: USMC (1942-46)

A conservative Republican, and outspoken opponent of welfare assistance. Unusually, he broke with mainstream Republicans in opposing the tax cuts of the 1980s, believing that doing so would make it impossible to balance the budget. Between 1947 and 1978, Olson maintained a farm of 750 acres in Kenosha County, with about 500 head of cattle. Subsequent to that, he moved to a farm of 160 acres in Bassett, and after his retirement from politics in 1982 relocated to Florida. Olson was the last Lt. Governor to preside over the Wisconsin Senate.

Wife: Fran (until his death, four daughters)

    University: University of Illinois (two years)

    US Transportation Department Regional Representative
    Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin (1979-83)
    Wisconsin State Assembly 66th (1967-78)
    Wisconsin State Assembly 66th (1961-64)

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