Senator Tony Lourey
Tony Lourey was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006. He grew up in a politically-active family and has been involved in public policy most of his career. Prior to election to the Senate, Lourey served as a Kerrick Township supervisor for 9 years.
Lourey is a 1985 graduate of Askov High School in Askov, Minnesota. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He is currently attending law school at Hamline University, with a focus on labor law and public policy. Lourey has worked as a public policy consultant, assisting county and state governments nationwide in finding ways to finance their health and human services programs. Upon election to the Senate, Lourey decided to discontinue his consulting business to dedicate himself fully to his senatorial duties.
Lourey has also worked as a database and software designer. He and his wife, Marlana Benzie-Lourey, also own a weekly newspaper, The Askov American, which was founded in 1914 by Hjalmar Petersen, who went on to become Minnesota’s 23rd governor. The Loureys also are involved in two other small, local businesses, one light manufacturing, and another that produces wood products from locally-harvested timber.
Tony and Marlana have been married for 14 years and have three children: Chelsea, Stuart and Colton. They reside in Kerrick on a small farm just around the corner from where Tony was raised. In his spare time, Lourey enjoys hunting, fishing, distance running, and motorcycling.