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: