Tom Bakk

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Tom Bakk
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Minority Leader of the Minnesota Senate
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byDavid Hann
In office
January 4, 2011 – January 7, 2013
Preceded byDave Senjem
Succeeded byDavid Hann
Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate
In office
January 8, 2013 – January 2, 2017
Preceded byDave Senjem
Succeeded byPaul Gazelka
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 3rd district
6th (2003–2013)
Assumed office
January 7, 2003
Preceded byDouglas Johnson
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 6A district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 6, 2003
Preceded byDavid Peter Battaglia
Succeeded byDavid Dill
Personal details
Born (1954-06-08) June 8, 1954 (age 64)
Virginia, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Laura
Children4
EducationMesabi Range College
University of Minnesota, Duluth (BA)

Thomas M. "Tom" Bakk (born June 8, 1954) is a Minnesota politician and the minority leader of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 3, which includes portions of Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of Minnesota.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Bakk was born and raised in Cook, Minnesota, where he graduated from Cook High School in 1972.[1] He received an associate degree from Mesabi Community College and a bachelor's degree in business administration and labor relations from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is a retired union carpenter and labor official.[2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Bakk represented District 6A in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.[2]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

Bakk was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2016. He has served as the chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and has also served on the Taxes Committee, which he chaired from 2007 to 2010. He previously served on the Rules and Administration subcommittees for Committees and Conference Committees.[2]

After the 2010 election, Bakk was elected by his caucus to serve as the minority leader during the 2011–2012 session.[3] He was the first DFLer to serve as minority leader since party identification returned to the Minnesota Legislature in 1973. After the DFL regained a majority in the 2012 election, Bakk was elected by his caucus to serve as majority leader, a position he assumed when the Legislature convened on January 8, 2013.[4] After the DFL lost a majority following the 2016 election, Bakk was elected by his caucus to again serve as minority leader.

2010 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Bakk at a DFL gubernatorial debate in November 2009

Bakk campaigned in the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial election. He led in early fundraising among the DFL candidates, raising $146,000 in 2008. He began 2009 with a little more than $131,000. He ended his campaign in March 2010.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

Minnesota Senate 3rd district election, 2012[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Tom Bakk (incumbent) 28,427 64.59
Republican Jennifer Havlick 15,509 35.24
Minnesota Senate 6th district election, 2010[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Tom Bakk (incumbent) 21,728 62.94 -8.39pp
Republican Jennifer Havlick 12,742 36.91 +8.50pp
Minnesota Senate 6th district election, 2006[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Tom Bakk (incumbent) 25,275 71.33 -0.93pp
Republican Jennifer Havlick 10,065 28.41
Minnesota Senate 6th district election, 2002[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Tom Bakk 24,934 72.26
Independence Tom Norman 9,467 27.44

Personal life[edit]

Bakk and his wife, Laura, who works as a legislative assistant in the Minnesota Senate, have four children.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Bakk has always been a builder – from houses to union deals to laws". Twin Cities. 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bakk, Thomas M. "Tom"". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Shaw, Charley (November 4, 2010). "Tom Bakk elected Senate minority leader". Politics in Minnesota. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  4. ^ "Bakk chosen as Minnesota Senate majority leader". Duluth News Tribune. November 8, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  5. ^ Scheck, Tom (March 20, 2010). "Sen. Bakk drops out of race for governor". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  6. ^ "Results for State Senator District 3". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "State Senator District: 06". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "State Senator District 06". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  9. ^ "State Senator District 06". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 25, 2013.

External links[edit]

Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Peter Battaglia
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 6A district

1995–2003
Succeeded by
David Dill
Preceded by
Douglas Johnson
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 3rd district
6th (2003–2013)

2003–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dave Senjem
Minority Leader of the Minnesota Senate
2011–2013
Succeeded by
David Hann
Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate
2013–2017
Succeeded by
Paul Gazelka
Preceded by
David Hann
Minority Leader of the Minnesota Senate
2017–present
Incumbent