Congressman Nolan Hires Former Rep. Tom Rukavina

Former Minnesota State Rep. Tom Rukavina, who recently retired after 26 years in the legislature "because it was the right time to leave," is getting back into politics. Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan has hired fellow Democrat Rukavina to be one of his district liaisons.

Even though Rukavina officially retired last spring, he really has't really left politics. He was a very visible Nolan supporter during the campaign to unseat Republican Congressman Chip Cravaak. During that campaign he told The UpTake that while he didn't miss the partisan bickering that has recently dominated Minnesota politics, he did miss the more enjoyable parts such as talking to constituents.

As a district liaison, talking with constituents will be one of Rukavina's main assignments.

"Tommy Rukavina was a wonderfully good, strong Representative up in the Iron Range area. Very supportive in our campaign. Highly regarded by people in that region," says Nolan. "He was very helpful in helping us to win this contest. And he's very bright, very well received. As you know, Tommy's quite passionate as well. I'm just delighted to have Tommy on my staff."

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