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Tom Rukavina

Tom Rukavina

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

Party: DFL

Current government position: State representative, District 05A

Elected: 1986

Term: 12th

Occupation: Legislator

Birth date: Aug. 23, 1950

Home: Virginia

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.

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