|Address||PO Box 1029 |
Anoka, Minnesota 55303, United States
|| February 04, 1948
|Died||October 08, 2013
Dec 06, 2014 07:33pm
Caucasian - Married - Christian - Lutheran - Protestant - Straight -
|Info||Senator Rod Grams was born and raised on a dairy farm, in Crown, MN about 50 miles north of the Twin Cities, and lives there today with his wife Christine. Rising before dawn for daily chores and growing up in a small community that valued family, personal responsibility, and hard work, helped build the strong foundation that has served him well throughout his life. Grams graduated from St. Francis High School in Anoka County, Brown Institute (now College) in Minneapolis and Carroll College in Helena, Montana. He also attended Anoka-Ramsey Community College. |
Prior to his election in 1992 to represent Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District and his election to the US Senate in 1994, Grams spent nearly 25 years in the television and radio broadcasting field. Twenty of those years, he was an on-air journalist for television stations KFBB-TV in Great Falls, Montana, WSAU-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin, WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois, and KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. At the end of his tenure at KMSP-TV, Grams was the senior news anchor employed in the Twin Cities television market, which covers approximately 75 percent of Minnesota.
For seven years prior to becoming a journalist, Grams was an engineering consultant at Orr-Schelen Mayeron & Associates in Minneapolis. He was active for many years as president/CEO of Sun Ridge Builders, a construction and residential development company, specializing in Solar Envelope Homes.
In early 1992, Grams left KMSP-TV to seek public office. “I’d always been interested in public policy and politics. Yet, reporting the news each day, I was frustrated with the stories about a federal government that seemed to have forgotten the taxpayers somewhere along the way. That led to my decision to take a more active role in public life,” Grams said.