Senate 1967-82 (District 50); Senate 1983-92 (District 54)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Cretin High School; Secondary; 1947St. Thomas College; B.A.; University of Minnesota; M.A.; Education AdministrationWayne State University, Michigan; Ed.D.; University of Minnesota; Fellowship; Counseling and Guidance, Post-Master Fellowship
Six children: Bernardine, Timothy, Kathleen, Rosemarie, Margaret M., and John K.
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: education, early childhood and family education, finance, government structure.He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party."He was most proud of his accomplishments with securing the funding and passing legislation to start the first Early Childhood and Family Education programs." (Obituary, Pioneer Press, June 29, 2015.)"In his own words, 'I've had a great life.' In his children's words, 'Dad taught us how to live and how to die, with great character, graciousness and dignity. He was a class act. We are blessed to have had him for our father.'" (Obituary, Pioneer Press, June 29, 2015.)"'Part of the reason he ran for office was he wanted to show his students how you can get involved,' said Maggie Towle, one of his four daughters." ("Obituary: Maplewood's Jerome Hughes Led Senate, Promoted Education." Pioneer Press, July 15, 2015.)His funeral mass was held at Church of the Assumption in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 1, 2015. He was buried in Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, MN.
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with the generous help of the Minnesota
Digital Library, and are included in the Minnesota Reflections
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