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Solon, Sam George


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Duluth, MN

House 1971-72 (District 60); Senate 1973-2001 (District 7)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  St. Louis

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 6/25/1931 Date of Death: 12/28/2001
Birth Place: Duluth, Minnesota Birth County: St. Louis Birth Country: United States
Other Names: Former Name: Eliopoulos
Gender:  Male Religion:  Greek Orthodox
City of Residence (when first elected):  Duluth

Occupation (when first elected):  High School Teacher and Coach

EDUCATION

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

MilitaryUnited States Army (Korean War, Greek Language Interpreter) ??/??/1952 to ??/??/1954
Municipal Board/CommissionDuluth, Minnesota (City Alcoholic Beverage Board, Chair) ??/??/1967 to ??/??/1970
State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board ??/??/1979 to ??/??/2001

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: 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)
Children: 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  - Wife

GENERAL NOTES

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.

Total Days Served: 11316

SESSIONS SERVED

Legislative Session: 82nd (2001-2002)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/2000 Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 12/28/2001 (unfinished term)
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Retired Educator, Junior High School Social Studies Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Commerce (Chair)
Education
Education Subcommittee: Higher Education Budget Division
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: State Government, Economic Development and Judiciary Budget Division
Rules and Administration
State and Local Government Operations
Reason for unfinished term: Death
Session Notes: He died while in office on December 28, 2001. He was an ex officio member of the Commerce Committee's Banking Subcommittee, Insurance Subcommittee, and Consumer Protection and Regulated Industries Subcommittee.

Legislative Session: 81st (1999-2000) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1996 Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Legislator/Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Children, Families and Learning
Children, Families and Learning/Education Finance Subcommittee: Higher Education Budget Division
Commerce (Chair)
Health and Family Security
Health and Family Security/Human Resources Finance Subcommittee: Health and Family Security Budget Division
Rules and Administration
State Government Finance
Session Notes: He was an ex officio member of the Commerce Committee's Banking Subcommittee, Insurance Subcommittee, and Consumer Protection and Regulated Industries Subcommittee.

Legislative Session: 80th (1997-1998)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1996 Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Retired Teacher/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Children, Families and Learning
Children, Families and Learning/Education Finance Subcommittee: Higher Education Budget Division
Commerce (Chair)
Health and Family Security
Health and Family Security/Human Resources Finance Subcommittee: Health and Family Security Budget Division
Rules and Administration
State Government Finance
Session Notes: He was an ex officio member of the Commerce Committee's Banking Subcommittee, Insurance Subcommittee, and Consumer Protection and Regulated Industries Subcommittee.

Legislative Session: 79th (1995-1996) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1992 Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Legislator/Retired Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Commerce and Consumer Protection (Chair)
Education
Education Subcommittee: Higher Education Division
Family Services
Health Care Subcommittee: Health Care and Family Services Finance Division
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Personnel
Session Notes: He was an ex officio member of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee's Banking Subcommittee, Insurance Subcommittee, and Consumer Protection and Regulated Industries Subcommittee.

Legislative Session: 78th (1993-1994)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1992 Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Legislator/Retired Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce and Consumer Protection (Chair)
Education
Education Subcommittee: Higher Education Division
Family Services
Health Care Subcommittee: Health Care and Family Services Finance Division
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Personnel
Session Notes: He was an ex officio member of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee's Banking Subcommittee, Insurance Subcommittee, and Consumer Protection and Regulated Industries Subcommittee.

Legislative Session: 77th (1991-1992)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/1990 Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Legislator/Retired Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce (Chair)
Employment
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Economic and State Affairs Division
Finance Subcommittee: Health and Human Services Division
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Social Services
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Personnel
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Senate Budget
Session Notes: He was an ex officio member of the Commerce Committee's Banking Subcommittee, Consumer Protection/Regulated Industries (Liquor) Subcommittee, and Insurance Subcommittee.

Legislative Session: 76th (1989-1990) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1986 Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/7/1991
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce (Chair)
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health and Human Services Division
Finance Subcommittee: State Departments Division
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Social Services and Government Administration
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Personnel
Session Notes: He was an ex officio member of the Commerce Committee's Banking Subcommittee, Regulated Industries Subcommittee, Consumer Protection Subcommittee, and Insurance Subcommittee.

Legislative Session: 75th (1987-1988)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1986 Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/7/1991
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce (Chair)
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: State Departments Division
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Social Services and Government Administration
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Personnel
Session Notes: He was an ex officio member of the Commerce Committee's Banking Subcommittee, Consumer Protection Subcommittee, Regulated Industries Subcommittee, and Insurance Subcommittee.

Legislative Session: 74th (1985-1986) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1982 Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/5/1987
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Economic Development and Commerce (Chair)
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Consumer Protection
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Economic Development
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health and Human Services
Finance Subcommittee: State Departments
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Income Maintenance
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Committees

Legislative Session: 73rd (1983-1984)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1982 Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/5/1987
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Economic Development and Commerce (Chair)
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Consumer Protection
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Economic Development
Economic Development and Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health and Human Services
Finance Subcommittee: State Departments
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Income Maintenance
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Committees

Legislative Session: 72nd (1981-1982)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1980 Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Teacher, Morgan Park High School
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health, Welfare and Corrections
Finance Subcommittee: State Departments
Health, Welfare and Corrections (Chair)
Rules and Administration

Legislative Session: 71st (1979-1980) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1976 Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/5/1981
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking (Chair)
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health, Welfare and Corrections
Finance Subcommittee: State Departments
Health, Welfare and Corrections

Legislative Session: 70th (1977-1978)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1976 Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/5/1981
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Teacher, Morgan Park High School
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking (Chair)
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Health, Welfare and Corrections
Finance Subcommittee: State Departments
Health, Welfare and Corrections

Legislative Session: 69th (1975-1976) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/1972 Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/3/1977
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
Education
Education Subcommittee: Assessment and Accountability (Chair)
Education Subcommittee: Special Programs (Chair)
Education Subcommittee: Teacher Preparation, Standards and Certification
Health, Welfare and Corrections
Health, Welfare and Corrections Subcommittee: Welfare
Labor and Commerce
Labor and Commerce Subcommittee: Regulated Industries

Legislative Session: 68th (1973-1974)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/1972 Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/3/1977
District: 07 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
Education
Education Subcommittee: Junior College Faculty Reduction
Education Subcommittee: Teacher Preparation, Standards and Certification
Health, Welfare and Corrections
Health, Welfare and Corrections Subcommittee: Welfare
Labor and Commerce
Labor and Commerce Subcommittee: Regulated Industries

Legislative Session: 67th (1971-1972)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/3/1970 Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
District: 60 Residence: Duluth
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: High School Teacher and Coach
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
Commerce and Economic Development
Crime Prevention
Higher Education
Labor Relations
Taxes

Articles & Books About
Maeda, David. "Longtime Legislator Passes Away." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 1, 2002, p. 21.

Knutson, David. "Sharing Their Memories of Sam (Obituary)." St. Paul Legal Ledger, January 10, 2002, p. 1, 4.

"Farewell Senator Sam (Obituary)." Mesabi Daily News, January 7, 2002.

"Whether Teacher or Fighter, Solon Made Memories (Obituary Letters)." Duluth News-Tribune, January 6, 2002.

Havens, Chris. "Duluth's Champion Laid to Rest (Obituary)." Duluth News-Tribune, January 6, 2002, p. 1A, 4A.

Thistle, Scott. "Solon Recalled as Humble Friend, Tireless Worker (Obituary)." Duluth News-Tribune, January 6, 2002.

Havens, Chris. "Mourners Pay Respects to Solon (Obituary)." Duluth News-Tribune, January 5, 2002.

"Solon's Passing Likely Ends an Era of Northern Influence (Obituary)." Duluth News-Tribune, December 30, 2001.

Myers, John. "Longtime Lawmaker Dies at 70 (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 29, 2001.

Myers, John. "Sam Solon, 1931-2001. 'He Never Forgot Duluth' (Obituary)." Duluth News-Tribune, December 29, 2001, p. 1A, 4A.

Whereatt, Robert. "Sam Solon, 29-Year State Senator, Dies at 70 (Obituary)." Star Tribune, December 29, 2001.

"At Home with Sam." Northland Traveler, November/December 2001, p. 4-6.




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