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Preceded by  Dave Senjem
Children  4
Succeeded by  David Hann
Spouse  Laura Bakk
Preceded by  redrawn district
Role  Politician
Preceded by  Dave Senjem
Name  Tom Bakk

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Born  June 8, 1954 (age 61) Virginia, Minnesota (1954-06-08)
Alma mater  Mesabi Community College (A.A.) University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A.)
Political party  Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Residence  Cook, Minnesota, United States
Education  Mesabi Range College, University of Minnesota Duluth

Preceded by  David Peter Battaglia

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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.


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Early life, education, and career

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Bakk completed his secondary education at Cook High School in Cook, Minnesota, and went on to receive an A.A. from Mesabi Community College and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is a retired labor official.

Minnesota House of Representatives

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

Minnesota Senate

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Bakk was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002 and was re-elected in every subsequent election thereafter. He was the chair of the Senate's Rules and Administration Committee and has also served on the Tax Committee, which he chaired from 2007 to 2010. He previously served on the Rules and Administration subcommittees for Committees and Conference Committees.

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After the 2010 election, Bakk was elected by his caucus to serve as the minority leader during the 2011–2012 session. 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. 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

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.

Personal life

Bakk and his wife, Laura, have four children.


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