Tom Pugh (’76) Appointed First District Judge
NOVEMBER 23, 2011—Thomas W. Pugh (’76) was appointed to the bench of Minnesota’s First Judicial District by Gov. Mark Dayton on Nov. 21, replacing Senior Judge Thomas B. Poch (’67), who retired earlier this year. The First District covers Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, LeSueur, McLeod, Scott, and Sibley counties.
Currently of counsel with Rogosheske, Sieben, Atkins & Pugh in South St. Paul, Pugh was appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty (’86) in 2004. He served on the Commission and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on Telecommunications until January 2011.
Pugh was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives eight times and served from 1989-2004. He was elected Minority Leader by his caucus in 1998 and served in that role from 1999-2003. Among the many House committees of which he was a member are the Ethic Committee; the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee; and the Judiciary Committee and its civil law, data privacy, data practices, and finance subcommittees.
He is member of the Dakota County, Minnesota State, and American Bar Associations and the State Bar of Wisconsin.