Statements about running for governor: Rukavina filed paperwork in July allowing him to explore running for governor. He made his official announcement on Labor Day in Duluth. — MinnPost, Sept. 8, 2009
Current government position: State representative, District 05A
Birth date: Aug. 23, 1950
Education: B.A., political science, University of Minnesota Duluth
Website: Minnesota House website
Key issues and priorities: Rukavina has co-authored legislation that would require local and state governments to have at least a 25 percent electrical vehicle fleet by 2015. Rukavina received widespread media attention in 2007 for his bill, which later passed and was signed into law, banning the sale of foreign-made American flags in Minnesota.
Background articles: In a commentary article, Rukavina says cutting higher education funding only fuels a vicious cycle and that support for education leads to a strong workforce and healthy economy.