He was the president of the Freshwater Society from 2007 to 2013.
"His peers called him 'Clean Gene,' and during two decades as a DFL senator, he was so respected for his fairness, honesty and hard work that even Republican made overtures to recruit him to run for governor." (Star Tribune, March 25, 2014)
"He said he was proud of his work on the Waste Management Act, enacted in 1980, which encouraged more recycling and less landfill use, the Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act of 1982 and the Sustainable Forest Resources Act of 1995." (Star Tribune, March 25, 2014.)
Special Legislative Concerns: taxation, education finance, privacy, finance, environment.
Religion provided by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975.