Senator Bakk comments on passing of Sen. Metzen

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.”

Senator Tom Bakk
Tom Bakk is the Senate DFL Leader and represents District 3, which includes portions of Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of Minnesota.

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