House 1971-72 (District 60); Senate 1973-2001 (District 7)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
|Date of Birth: 6/25/1931
||Date of Death: 12/28/2001
|Birth Place: Duluth, Minnesota
||Birth County: St. Louis
||Birth Country: United States
Former Name: Eliopoulos
||Religion: Greek Orthodox
|City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
High School Teacher and Coach
Duluth Public Schools; Elementary School;
Central High School, Duluth; Secondary; Graduate, 1949
University of Minnesota, Duluth; B.S.; Social Science Teaching, 1958
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
|Military||United States Army (Korean War, Greek Language Interpreter)|| ||??/??/1952 to ??/??/1954
|Municipal Board/Commission||Duluth, Minnesota (City Alcoholic Beverage Board, Chair)|| ||??/??/1967 to ??/??/1970
|State Board/Commission/Council||Minnesota Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board|| ||??/??/1979 to ??/??/2001
Carole (when first elected, divorced, she died in 1991); Paula (remarried, first listed in 1975, divorced in 1988); Yvonne Prettner (remarried, first listed in 1997)
Six children: Jon, Nicholas "Nick" (he died in January 2001, while his dad was in office), and Chris (sons); Dina, Vicki, and Tracey or Tracy (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Yvonne Prettner Solon
Special Legislative Concerns: health and welfare, education, economic development and jobs, higher education, senior issues, drugs and crime, health insurance, employment.
He was of Greek ancestry.
He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
The Solon Campus Center, a student services building, on the University of Minnesota, Duluth campus was named after him.
His parents changed their last name from Eliopoulos to Solon.
He died of malignant melanoma/liver cancer at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. His Greek Orthodox funeral was held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Auditorium in Duluth, Minnesota.
He was a member of the Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodx Church in Duluth, Minnesota.
Religion provided by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975, and the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1981-82.