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Published March 09, 2011, 01:30 PM

Longtime MN House Chief Clerk Burdick Dies

The former chief clerk of the state House of Representatives, who spent 62 years working for the institution, has died. He was 89.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The former chief clerk of the state House of Representatives, who spent 62 years working for the institution, has died. He was 89.

The office of the Speaker of the House confirmed that Ed Burdick died early Wednesday. Burdick retired in 2004 after 38 years as the House's chief clerk, and had begun his service with the House as a page in 1941.

The native of Vernon Center in southwest Minnesota was known for the deep, booming voice he used to call out the business of the House, and for his masterful knowledge of parliamentary procedure. A bronze bust of Burdick sits outside the House chambers.

Speaker Kurt Zellers calls Burdick "the spirit of the House of Representatives." The House will observe a moment of silence Wednesday in Burdick's honor.

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