House 1995-2002 (District 6A); Senate 2003-2012 (District 6); Senate 2013-Present (District 3)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Cook High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1972Mesabi Community College; A.A.; University of Minnesota, Duluth; B.A.; Business Administration and Labor-Management Relations, also listed as a B.B.A.
Laura (second wife, married around 2001; she was a Legislative Assistant to Sen. David Tomassoni)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: economic development, taxes, natural resources.He grew up in Cook, Minnesota.He ran unsuccessfully to become the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate for Governor of Minnesota in the 2010 election. He dropped out of the race in March 2010.Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.
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