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Tom Rukavina

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Tom Rukavina
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 5A
Former Member
In office
1987 - 2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Associate'sMesabi Range Community and Technical College
Personal
BirthdayAugust 23, 1950
ProfessionLegal Assistant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Tom Rukavina (b. August 23, 1950) is a former Democratic-Farmer Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 5A from 1987 to 2013.

Rukavina has worked as a legal assistant. He previously served on the Pike Township Town Board and was Chair of the city of Virginia School Board.

He is a member of the Minnesota Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.[1]

Rukavina is single and has 2 children.

Issue positions

Rukavina has been active in sponsoring medical marijuana legislation in Minnesota. This may lead to a Medical Marijuana Amendment appearing on the November 2010 ballot in the state.[2]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rukavina served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rukavina served on these committees:

  • Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division (Chair)
  • Capital Investment Finance Division
  • Finance
  • Taxes

Elections

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rukavina won for re-election to the District 5A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Greg Knutson (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 5A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Tom Rukavina (DFL) 11,799 70.81%
Greg Knutson (R) 4,842 29.06%
Write-In 21 0.13%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Rukavina won re-election to the District 5A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Greg Knutson (R).[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 5A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Tom Rukavina (DFL) 16,230 78.33%
Greg Knutson (R) 4,461 21.53%
Write-In 29 0.14%

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Rukavina received $30,904 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[5]

2008

Rukavina raised $51,206 for his campaign.[6]

Listed below are the two largest contributors to Tom Rukavina's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $7,808
5th Senate District Democrat-Farmer-Labor $2,000

Scorecards

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[7]

2012

Rukavina received a score of 14% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 98th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [8]

2011

Rukavina received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 87th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 5A
1987–2013
Succeeded by
John Persell (DFL)