Tom Rukavina represented the Iron Range in Minnesota’s House of Representatives from 1987 until retiring in 2012. He then served as a Saint Louis County Commissioner from 2015 until 2018. Although he passed away earlier this year, throughout his career he remained a strong advocate for libraries. The Arrowhead Library System has recognized Rukavina’s long support by displaying a READ poster in the ALS Board Room that features Rukavina holding one of his favorite books, the 2001 biography of Teddy Roosevelt titled¬†Theodore Rex, by Edmund Morris. When asked about his choice of a book, Rukavina acknowledged that Theodore Roosevelt was a Republican, but added that “Teddy was a Populist and that’s what matters.” Pictured in the photo with her father’s poster is Ida Rukavina, a staff member from the office of Us. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Tom Rukavina’s passion and support will not soon be forgotten!