REGIONAL— The Minnesota Senate has confirmed the appointment of Ida Rukavina to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilition. Gov. Tim Walz had announced …
REGIONAL— The Minnesota Senate has confirmed the appointment of Ida Rukavina to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilition.
Gov. Tim Walz had announced Rukavina’s appointment on Dec. 21, to replace outgoing commissioner Mark Phillips. Rukavina officially assumed her new role on Jan. 2, but the appointment of department heads requires confirmation by the Senate.
Rukavina was born and raised on the Iron Range and served most recently as the executive director of the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools, or RAMS. She was formerly a staffer for U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and before that worked in the union movement.
Her educational experience includes a Bachelor of Arts in Government and American Politics with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.
“I’m proud that Ida Rukavina will serve as the next Commissioner of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation,” said Governor Walz. “With a proven track record serving schools, townships, and cities on the Iron Range, she is well-positioned to ensure the Northland doesn’t just survive, but thrives.”
Rukavina said she was humbled by the support she’s received and looks forward to her new position. “I am committed to working toward a future that includes jobs that support families, a strong educational system and thriving cities and towns.”
Rukavina is the daughter of the late Tom Rukavina, a legendary Iron Range politician.
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