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Rep. Rukavina retiring after 26 years

State Rep. Tom Rukavina, the fiery and often verbose lawmaker who has represented the eastern Iron Range for 26 years, said Friday he will retire and not seek re-election this fall. He says the Capitol has become increasingly partistan.
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State Rep. Tom Rukavina, the fiery, chatty lawmaker who represented the eastern Iron Range for 26 years, said Friday he will retire and not seek re-election this fall. He says the Capitol has become increasingly partistan.

Here's a write-up from the Duluth Tribune.

The blunt, plain-spoken lawmaker viewed himself as the politician who represents blue-collar workers and the "little guy." The Star-Tribune notes that Rukavina passed out underwear during his gubernatorial campaign.

Here's video from one of his political ads when he ran for governor -- a self-guided tour of his childhood and career:

Rukavina fired up the crowd at the 2010 DFL convention:

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