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Outgoing Republican state Rep. Laura Brod and current lame duck Budget Commissioner Steve Sviggum popped up on the list of 18 finalists for the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents.

Brod and Sviggum finalists for U of M Board of Regents

Four-term state Rep. Laura Brod

Four-term state Rep. Laura Brod

Outgoing Republican state Rep. Laura Brod and current lame duck Budget Commissioner Steve Sviggum popped up on the list of finalists for the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents.

There are currently four vacancies on the university’s board and 18 finalists. Sviggum and Brod are competitors for the same seat representing the Second Congressional District.

Since announcing the vacancies in September, the Regent Candidate Advisory Council (RCAC) has received 46 applications.  Candidates will be publicly interviewed between Jan. 10-12 next year, and the final appointments will have to be voted on by the full Legislature. Regents meet monthly and serve without pay for six-year terms.

Brod received her bachelor’s degree in geography from the university’s Twin Cities campus. The four-term representative from New Prague announced she was retiring after the 2010 session.

Sviggum is former Republican Speaker of the House and most recently the Commissioner of Labor and Industry. He is currently taking over for former Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson in the outgoing administration of Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

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