Gov. Mark Dayton has named Tom Pugh, a former state House Minority Leader and former member of the Public Utilities Commission, to be a judge in Dakota County.
Pugh replaces Judge Thomas Pock, who retired earlier this year but is now serving statewide as senior judge.
Pugh served in the state House as a DFLer from South St. Paul from 1989 to 2004, when he was appointed to the PUC by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. His PUC term ended this year. He now works as an attorney with Rogosheske, Sieben, Atkins & Pugh.