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United States representative , mayor , Minnesota

Donald MacKay Fraser was mayor, Former United States Representative, Minnesota. Bar: Minnesota 1948. Recipient 1st Minnesota International Human Rights award, 1985, Distinguished Service award Minneapolis United Way, 1992; fellow Kennedy School, spring 1994.


Fraser, Donald MacKay was born on February 20, 1924 in Minneapolis. Son of Everett and Lois (MacKay) Fraser.


Bachelor cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1944;Bachelor of Laws, University of Minnesota, 1948.


Partner Lindquist, Fraser & Magnuson (and predecessors), 1948-1962. Minnesota State senator, 1954-1962. Secretary Senate Liberal Caucus, 1955-1962.

Member 88th-95th Congresses from 5th District Minnesota, member foreign affairs committee, chairman subcommittee on international organization, member budget committee. Mayor City of Minneapolis, 1980-1993. Member study and review committee Democratic Caucus.

Member Commission on Role and Future Presidential Primaries, 1976. Adjunct professor law public affairs University Minnesota, Minneapolis. Vice chairman, director Minneapolis Citizens Committee on Public Education, 1950-1954.

Secretary Minnesota delegate Democratic National Convention, 1960. Chairman Minnesota Citizens for Kennedy, 1960. Member platform committee Democratic National Convention, 1964, member rules committee, 1972, 76.

Vice chairman Committee Democratic Selection Presidential Nominees, 1968. Chairman Democratic Study Group Congress, 1969-1971, Commission on Party Structure and Delaware Selection Democratic Party, 1971-1972. 1st American co-chairman Anglo-American Parliamentary Conference on Africa, 1964.

Member United States delegate 7th special session and 30th session United Nations General Assembly, 1975. Congressional adviser to the United States delegate to United Nations Conference on Disarmament, 1967-1973, to the United States delegate to 3d Law of Sea Conference, 1972, to United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 1974. Consultant on families Housing and Urban Development, 1994.


  • Bar: Minnesota 1948.


Chair health committee United States Conference Mayors. Board directors Minneapolis United Way, 1986-1993, Twin Cities Rise!, 1994—2002, Connect/United States-Russia, since 1994, Greater Minneapolis Council Churches, 2000-2003. Co-chair Center for International Policy, 1976-1994, Early Care and Education Finance Commission, 1999-2002.

Co-founder, chair Democratic Farmer-Labor Education Foundation. President Southeast Minneapolis Council on Learning, 2003-2005. Co-chair, board directors Ready 4K, since 2001.

Member Minneapolis Charter Commission, 1997-2004. Initiated numerous youth programs such as Transitional Work Internship Program, Youth Work Internship Program, Neighborhood Early Learning Centers, Youth Coordinating Board, Youth Trust. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946.

Member Minneapolis Foreign Policy Association (president 1952-1953), Citizens League Greater Minneapolis (secretary 1951-1954), Minnesota Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, Americans for Democratic Action (national chairman 1973-1976), Democratic Conference (national chairman 1976-1978), University Minnesota Law Alumni Association (director 1958-1961), University District Improvement Association (president 1950-1952), National League of Cities (Second vice president 1991, 1st vice president 1992, president 1993), Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights (co-founder, board directors 1983-1992, 2000-2003), League of Minnesota Cities (board directors 1991-1993, co-chairman Ready 4K since 2005).


Married Arvonne Skelton, June 30, 1950. Children: Thomas Skelton, Mary MacKay, John DuFrene, Lois MacKay (deceased), Anne T. (deceased), Jean Skelton.

Everett Fraser

Lois (MacKay) Fraser

Arvonne Skelton

Thomas Skelton Fraser

Mary MacKay Fraser

John DuFrene Fraser

Lois MacKay Fraser (deceased)

Anne T. Fraser (deceased)

Jean Skelton Fraser