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David F. Durenberger

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David Durenberger was elected to replace Hubert and Muriel Humphrey as senior U.S. Senator from Minnesota in 1978. The only Minnesota Republican in history elected to three terms in the Senate, Durenberger retired in 1995, having served 16 years on the Senate Finance Committee and on five other committees. He is founder and current chair of the National Institute of Health Policy at the Opus College of Business. He has also served on various national health commissions and boards, including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the National Commission on Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Senator Durenberger currently serves on the boards of Allina Health System, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and the National Coalition on Health Care. He is on the selection committee and the board of visitors of the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing, is on the advisory board to the dean of Health Education at Dominican University in California and remains involved in several other Minnesota community organizations. Senator Durenberger has authored books on health policy and national security policy, is a nationally sought after public speaker and writes a popular bi-weekly national commentary on current events.


Academic Background

B.A., political science, history and English, Cum Laude, St. J0hn's University, Collegeville, MN
J.D., University of Minnesota School of Law, Minneapolis, MN

Teaching Interest

  • Health Care Policy

Professional Experience

  • Senior Health Policy Fellow, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, 1995 - present
  • Chair and CEO, National Institute of Health Policy, a program of the University of St. Thomas, 1997 - present
  • President, Policy Insight, LLC; 2001 to 2009
  • U.S. Senator (1978-1995)
  • Served on Senate committees including:
    U.S. Senate Finance Committee
    U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
    U.S. Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee


  • Neither Madmen Nor Messiahs. Minneapolis: Piranha Press, 1984.
  • Prescription for Change. Minneapolis: Piranha Press, 1986.

Publications - small sample

  • “Toward An American Health Care System-Change We Can Believe In” New York: The American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 21(1) (2009): 7-11.
  • “Commentary: Medicare After The Medicare Modernization Act” St. Louis: St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy 1(221) (2008): 221-230.

Current Board Appointments

  • Allina Health Board of Directors 2011 - present
  • Board of Visitors, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, 2009-present
  • Commissioner, Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid and the Uninsured, 2002-present
  • National Coalition on Health Care Board
    Serve Minnesota Board
  • Honorary Director MN Parks and Trails

Health Care Policy Resource

  • Frequent public speaking and media expert in area of expertise