|Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 5th district
January 7, 2003 – January 2, 2017
|Preceded by||Bob Lessard|
|Succeeded by||Justin Eichorn|
February 22, 1948 |
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
|Political party||Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party|
|Alma mater||St. Olaf College|
Tom Saxhaug (born February 22, 1948) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represented District 5, which included portions of Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, and Itasca counties in the northern part of the state.
Early life, education, and career
Saxhaug completed his secondary education at Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids and later received a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served on the Grand Rapids City Council from 1995 to 1997, and was an Itasca County Commissioner from 1997 to 2003. He is a retired insurance agent.
Saxhaug was first elected in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010, and 2012. Following redistricting in 2012, Saxhaug was placed in District 5 alongside Republican Senator John Carlson. Saxhaug defeated Carlson on November 6, 2012. He lost re-election to Republican Justin Eichorn in 2016.
|Republican||J. Mark Wedel||13,242||39.89|
Saxhaug and his wife, Nancy, have two children.
- "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Saxhaug, Tom". Venus.library.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- Bierschbach, Briana (October 17, 2012). "Both sides go all out in Saxhaug-Carlson SD 5 duel". Politics in Minnesota.
- "Results for All State Senate Races, 2012". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- "Results for All State Senate Races, 2010". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- "Results for All State Senate Races, 2006". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- "Results for All State Senate Races, 2002". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 17, 2013.