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Bakk stops in Alexandria as part of gubernatorial bid

State Senator Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), a candidate for governor, stopped in Alexandria August 14 with a message of creating jobs and getting the economy back on track.

"Too many Minnesotans are losing their jobs, homes and health insurance," Bakk said. "As governor, I can turn Minnesota around and will do what it takes to restore balance, fairness and common sense in our workforce, job and economic profiles."

Bakk was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in November 2002. Prior to his election to the senate, Bakk served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for four terms. He was elected to chair the tax committee in the Minnesota Senate in 2006. He also serves on the rules and administration, business, industry and jobs and the environment, energy and budget committees.

In addition to his role as a legislator, Bakk recently retired as a labor representative for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. Working as a journeyman carpenter for 11 years, Bakk was elected to lead his union in 1987.

Since then, he has served on many boards and organizations that seek to further the natural resource-based economy in Minnesota as well as the quality of life. Bakk is the past president of the Iron Range Building Trades and a former volunteer firefighter.

"The key to growing jobs in Minnesota is supporting initiatives to help businesses grow," Bakk said. "A strong business climate is critical to create more jobs. While management, labor and government have a shared interest in keeping our businesses prosperous, the benefits that come from that cooperation must also be shared. It makes little sense to stimulate development of businesses that pay inadequate wages, offer few if any benefits to their employees and leave Minnesota taxpayers picking up the tab for irresponsible management decisions.

Bakk earned an associate degree at Mesabi Community College and a baccalaureate degree in business administration at University of Minnesota Duluth. He resides on Lake Vermilion near Cook with his wife, Laura. They have four adult children.