Dennis Newinski, a one-term state legislator who ran three times for Congress, died Tuesday, the Star Tribune reports.
He was 64.
He had been diagnosed in 2007 with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican three times in the 1990s, always failing to unseat 4th District Rep. Bruce Vento, who died in 2000 of the same disease, mesothelioma.
Newinski had worked for 30 years for Northern States Power Co. and last year won a $4.6 million judgment in an asbestos case against a company that made the products he used at work.
Vento apparently was exposed to asbestos when he took a summer job as a laborer in a St. Paul factory to save money for school but wasn’t diagnosed with mesothelioma until 35 years later.