House 1977-78 (District 63B); House 1983-86 (District 64B); Senate 1987-2012 (District 64); Senate 2013-2020 (District 64)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Date of Birth:
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: None Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Attorney, Hennepin County Public Defender
Highland Park High School; Secondary;
Northwestern University; B.A.;
William Mitchell College of Law; J.D.; 1975
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Minnesota State Arts Board;
State Public Defender/Office:
Hennepin County, Minnesota (Public Defender);
19?? to ?
U.S. Executive Branch:
President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (Appointed by President Barack Obama);
11/03/2009 to 08/18/2017
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: finance, taxes, civil liberties, courts and justice, economic development.
He did not seek reelection in 2020.
Early in his tenure in the Senate, he founded the Legislative Arts Caucus. He chaired the National Conference of State Legislatures' Arts, Tourism, and Cultural Resources Commission and served on Americans for the Arts' National Policy Board.
He was a member of Mount Zion Temple.
Religion according to Jewish Community Relations Council and the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1977-78.