Senator Tom Bakk announces he is retiring

Minnesota State Senator Tom Bakk (I-Cook) announced Thursday he will not seek re-election for another term in the Senate and will retire at the end of the year.

“Representing the people of the Arrowhead region has been one of the greatest rewards of my life, made possible by the support and patience of my family,” Bakk said. “My heartfelt thanks to my constituents for entrusting me to be their voice at the Capitol for so many years. I have always tried to do my best for the people I’ve served even if it was not always easy or popular with my own political party. The friendships and the memories I have made will carry with me forever.”

“Every man and woman should be able to have a good-paying job, so they can provide for their families and every child should have the opportunity for a quality education. Driving around the state, and especially the Arrowhead region, seeing the countless projects, big and small, that I have been able to play a part in over the years is truly gratifying. It is difficult to fully reflect on the enormity of what we have accomplished.”

“There is still a lot more to be done but it is time for me to pass the torch. I’m certain there are new inspiring leaders waiting in the wings. For 28 years it has been my time to serve but now it is finally my time to retire.”

Bakk is in his sixth term in the Senate and represents Senate District 3. He is currently the Chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee.

He previously served as Senate Majority Leader (2013-2016) and Senate Minority Leader (2011-2012, 2017-2020). Additionally, he served as Senate Tax Chair from 2007 to 2010 and Senate Rules and Administration Chair from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining the Senate, he served four terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

“Laura and I are looking forward to the next chapter of our lives. It’s with excitement that we journey into the future of more soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, football, and hockey, enjoying more time to help and watch our grandchildren learn and grow.”

Bakk lives on Lake Vermilion near Cook with his wife Laura. He has four children and eight grandchildren.