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Bakk, Thomas M. "Tom"

House 1995-2002 (District 6A); Senate 2003-2012 (District 6); Senate 2013-Present (District 3)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 6/8/1954
Birth Place: Virginia, Minnesota
Birth County: St. Louis
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Tom
City of Residence (when first elected): Cook
Occupation (when first elected): Labor Representative/Carpenter

EDUCATION

Cook High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1972
Mesabi Community College; A.A.;
University of Minnesota, Duluth; B.A.; Business Administration and Labor-Management Relations, also listed as a B.B.A.

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal Government: Iron Range Area, Minnesota (Volunteer Firefighter); [Dates Unknown]
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Iron Range Resources Board; 1995 to 2???

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Laura (second wife, married around 2001; she was a Legislative Assistant to Sen. David Tomassoni)
Children: Four children
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

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.

Total Days Served: 9465

SESSIONS SERVED

92nd Legislative Session (2021-2022)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 03
Elected: 11/3/2020
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/5/2021 to 1/2/2023
Counties Represented: Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Retired labor official
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Notes: Sen. Tom Bakk and Sen. David Tomassoni formed a separate and independent DFL caucus.
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:

91st Legislative Session (2019-2020) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 03
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Retired labor official
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance
  • Rules and Administration
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Minority Leader

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 03
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Retired Labor Official
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2017 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance
  • Rules and Administration
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Minority Leader

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 03
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented:
Occupation: Retired Labor Official
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2015 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2015 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Rules and Administration (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Committees Subcommittee (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Conference Committees Subcommittee (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Permanent and Joint Rules Subcommittee (Chair)
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Majority Leader

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 03
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Retired Labor Official
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2013 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Rules and Administration (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Permanent and Joint Rules Subcommittee
  • Rules and Administration: Subcommittee on Committees
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Majority Leader

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 06
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Carlton, Cook, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Labor Official
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
   2012 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Committees
  • Rules and Administration: Conference Committees
  • Rules and Administration: Redistricting
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Minority Leader

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 06
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Carlton, Cook, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Labor Official
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Business, Industry and Jobs
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division: Natural Resources
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division: Parks and Trails Legacy
  • Rules and Administration
  • Taxes (Chair)
  • Taxes: Property Tax Division

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 06
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Carlton, Cook, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Labor Official
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Business, Industry and Jobs
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division
  • Finance: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division: Natural Resources
  • Rules and Administration
  • Taxes (Chair)
  • Taxes: Property Taxes Division

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 06
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Carlton, Cook, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Labor Representative, Lakes and Plains Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners Union Local 606
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2005 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Public Lands and Waters
  • Finance: Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Budget Division
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Economic Development and Tourism (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration: Personnel
  • Taxes

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 06
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Carlton, Cook, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Labor Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Notes: When the 2003 1st Special Session ended, he left the DFL caucus, but remained in the DFL party. He returned to the DFL caucus before the 2004 session convened. The legislature was not in session while he was not a member of the DFL caucus.
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2003 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Finance: Early Childhood-Grade 12 Education Budget Division-2003/K-12 Education Budget Division-2004
  • Finance: Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Budget Division
  • Jobs, Housing and Community Development-2003/Jobs, Energy and Community Development-2004
  • Rules and Administration: Personnel
  • Taxes
Session Notes: He served on the 2003 Early Childhood-Grade 12 Education Budget Division.

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 06A
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Labor Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 06A
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Labor Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 06A
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Labor Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Land Sales
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Sales and Income Tax Division

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 06A
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: Cook
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Labor Representative/Carpenter
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • International Trade and Economic Development
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Sales and Income Tax Division

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