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Kent Eken

politician , member of the Minnesota House of Representatives , member of the State Senate of Minnesota

Bernhard Kent Eken is a Minnesota politician and member of the.

Background

Eken, Kent was born on December 12, 1963.

Education

Eken attended Twin Valley High School in Twin Valley, then went on to Concordia College in Moorhead, receiving his B.A. in political science and education. He later attended St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, earning his M.A.

Career

In history, after which he went on to teach at Saint John's Preparatory School. In addition to his work as a teacher and adjunct college professor, he is also a sugar beets truck driver during the harvest season. His father was Willis Eken, who also served in the He was first elected to the House in 2002, and was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

He served as an assistant minority leader, and was the DFL lead on the Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Committee. He was chair of the Environment Policy and Oversight Committee from 2007-2010. In 2012, Eken ran for the newly District 4 after he was placed in the same district as fellow DFLer Paul Marquart.

Eken defeated retired football player Phil Hansen in the general election, securing over 52% of the vote.

Politics

Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, Democratic Party.

Membership

A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 4, which includes portions of Becker, Clay, and Norman counties in the northwestern part of the state. Eken was previously a member of the representing District 2A. He was also a member of the Transportation Policy and Finance and the Ways and Means committees.

Connections

Married Lori Eken; 4 children.

spouse:
Lori Eken