Senate 1963-70 (District 63)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Date of Birth:
Carson Lake, Minnesota
Date of Death:
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Hibbing High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1946
Hibbing Junior College; Junior College/Community College; Graduate
Marquette University; D.D.S.; 1954
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
United States Army;
??/??/1946 to ??/??/1947
Hibbing, Minnesota (School Board);
??/??/1956 to ??/??/1962
State Lieutenant Governor:
01/04/1971 to 12/29/1976
12/29/1976 to 01/04/1979
01/03/1983 to 01/07/1991
Delores "Lola" Helen Simich (married on September 4, 1954)
Two children: Rudy Jr. (son), and Mary Sue (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Anthony J. Perpich
George F. Perpich
He first became Governor of Minnesota when Wendell Anderson resigned to become a United States Senator.
He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor in the 1978 election. He lost to Al Quie.
He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor in the 1990 election. He lost to Arne Carlson.
He died from colon cancer.