Rodney Dwight "Rod" Grams (February 4, 1948 – October 8, 2013) was a politician from Minnesota and a radio personality. He served as a Republican in both the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Grams first began as a TV News anchor, but quit his job in order to run for the senate.
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
|Preceded by||David Durenberger|
|Succeeded by||Mark Dayton|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 6th district
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Gerry Sikorski|
|Succeeded by||Bill Luther|
|Born||February 4, 1948|
|Died||October 8, 2013 (aged 65)|
|Alma mater||Brown College|
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
After David Durenberger announced he would not seek reelection, Grams surprised many by announcing, just months into beginning his first term in the US House, that he would run for the US Senate. However, Grams faced opposition for the Republican party endorsement from State Senator Gen Olson, Bert McKasy (former chief of staff to David Durenberger), and Doug McFarland.
Grams ran for re-election in 2000 as the incumbent, losing to Mark Dayton. During the campaign, Grams' wife Christine Gunhus was revealed to have written anonymous disparaging emails about Grams' potential Democratic rival, Mike Ciresi, from her home computer. She received a fine and suspended sentence for violating political advertising regulations.
- "Rod Grams, Minnesota Anchorman Turned Senator, Is Dead at 65". New York Times.com. October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
- "GRAMS, Rod, (1948 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- Declan McCullagh. "The Wrong Way to Do Dirty Tricks". Wired.com. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
- "Poli Sigh.(Christine Gunhus gets fine and suspended sentence)(Brief Article) | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". Business.highbeam.com. 2001-08-01. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
- "Former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams, battling cancer, is in hospice care". Star Tribune. 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
- Joey Mcleister, Star Tribune. "Former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams dies of cancer". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2013-10-09.