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Perpich, Anthony J. "A.J., Tony"

Senate 1967-74 (District 62); Senate 1975-76 (District 6)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Cook, Lake, St. Louis

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 2/10/1932
Birth Place: Carson Lake, Minnesota
Birth County: St. Louis
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/28/2017
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: A.J., Tony
City of Residence (when first elected): Eveleth
Occupation (when first elected): Dentist

EDUCATION

Hibbing High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1949
Hibbing Junior College; Junior College/Community College; Graduate, 1951
Marquette University; D.D.S.; 1955

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Agency: Minnesota Department of Energy and Economic Development, Energy Division (Deputy Commissioner); 19?? to 11/30/1986 [Appointed]
Military: United States Air Force; 19?? to 19??
State Agency: Minnesota Department of Public Service (Commissioner); 12/01/1986 to 19?? [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Irene Kosiak
Children: One child: Julie (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
George F. Perpich  - Brother
Rudolph George Perpich, Sr.  - Brother

GENERAL NOTES

He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

In 1974, he ran for the eighth congressional district seat and won the DFL endorsement, but was defeated in the primaries. (Star Tribune, February 1, 2017)

He was a founding member of Anderson-Grittner Legislative Friends. (Star Tribune, February 1, 2017)

His funeral was held at St. Peter and St. Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Bramble, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 3654

SESSIONS SERVED

69th Legislative Session (1975-1976) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 06
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: Eveleth
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Cook, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Dentist
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: State Employees
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Constitutional Amendments
  • Rules and Administration: Interim Commissions
  • Taxes and Tax Laws (Chair)

68th Legislative Session (1973-1974)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 06
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: Eveleth
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Cook, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: None Listed
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: State Employees
  • Labor and Commerce
  • Labor and Commerce: Regulated Industries (Chair)
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Interim Commissions
  • Taxes and Tax Laws (Chair)

67th Legislative Session (1971-1972)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 62
Elected: 11/3/1970
Residence: Eveleth
Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: None Listed
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Corrections and Commitments
  • Education
  • Labor Relations
  • Natural Resoures and Environment
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 62
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Eveleth
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: None Listed
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Game and Fish
  • General Legislation
  • Labor
  • Local Government
  • Public Welfare

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 62
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Eveleth
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: St. Louis
Occupation: Dentist
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • Game and Fish
  • General Legislation
  • Labor
  • Local Government
  • Public Welfare
Articles & Books About
"Perpich, Tony J., D.D.S." Star Tribune, February 5, 2017, p. B14.

"Tony J. Perpich." Hibbing Daily Tribune, February 5, 2017.

Bjorhus, Jennifer. "Tony Perpich: State Senator, Public Servant: A Quiet Leader and Craftsman from Famed Iron Range Family." Star Tribune, February 1, 2017, p. B6.



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