Tom Rukavina

Tom Rukavina
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 5A district
In office
January 6, 1987 – January 7, 2013
Preceded byDominic J. Elioff
Succeeded byJason Metsa (District 6B)
Personal details
Born(1950-08-23)August 23, 1950
Virginia, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedJanuary 7, 2019(2019-01-07) (aged 68)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic–Farmer–Labor
Spouse(s)Jean Rukavina
Alma materMesabi Range Community and Technical College
University of Minnesota Duluth

Thomas Rukavina (August 23, 1950 – January 7, 2019) was an American politician and a Democratic–Farmer–Labor (DFL) member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1987 to 2013. In 2010 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Minnesota, seeking the DFL nomination. He was a St. Louis County commissioner from 2015 to 2018.

Early life

Rukavina was born in Virginia, Minnesota, of Croatian and Italian descent,[1][2] and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in political science.[3] He first held elected office in the 1970s on the Virginia school board and the Pike Town Board.[4] Before becoming a full-time legislator, he worked in various positions, including at the Minntac taconite plant, as a logger and a naturalist at the Ironworld Discovery Center in Chisholm, Minnesota, and as an assistant director at Giants Ridge Ski Area.[2]

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