ST. PAUL, MN – Longtime Minnesota State Senator Jim Metzen succumbed to cancer late Monday evening at the age of 72. In response, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) released the following statement.
“I’ll always remember Jim for his wonderful personality, his jokes and his nicknames for everyone. Jim embodied the legislator that I think many of us strive to be like. He didn’t allow partisanship to cloud his judgement of somebody. If you were a good person, then you were well respected by Jim. His work spanned more than four decades – and he represented the people of South St. Paul with great distinction. From his first days in the legislature, being elected to the House of Representatives in 1974 – Jim always had their backs, and I think we will not see another elected official like him in a very long time. Jim – your smile and your friendship will be greatly missed here at the Senate.”