BREAKING: Prominent Minnesota Republican’s Sudden Death ROCKS GOP

Thomas M. Neuville, a prominent Minnesota GOP state senator and judge, died suddenly at his home on Wednesday, Minnesota’s KYMN Radio reported.

Neuville, a resident of Northfield, Minnesota, had served in the state’s upper chamber from 1990 to 2007 and as a Rice County judge from 2008 until 2018. 

Neuville was 71 — a young age to die when you consider our current president, Joe Biden, is 79.

No cause of death was given.

Neuville was a longtime fixture in Minnesota GOP politics, serving on the state Senate’s Finance and Judiciary committees during his time in office.

According to the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, Neuville earned a degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1972.

After spending time as a research engineer with 3M, he received his law degree in 1976 from the William Mitchell College of Law and served as a part-time public defender for Rice County from 1977 to 1985 and the Minnesota State Public Denders Office from 1985 to 1996.

During his time in office, his special legislative concerns included “crime and corrections, public safety, courts and judicial selection, taxes, family issues, environment, tax reform, gambling regulation, education, agriculture, prisons, child support reform, cultural and life issues, (and) health care reform.”

“A humble politician, Tom was known and respected for working collaboratively within and across party lines. He defended the dignity of human life at all stages and worked hard on legislation focused on prison reform, education, family law, and the Dream Act,” Neuville’s obituary reads.

“Tom was re-elected 5 times, serving 17 years which he attributed to his family’s hard work stuffing envelopes, hammering in lawn signs, walking in parades, and door-knocking.”

As for his personal life, Neuville’s family said in his obituary that “Tom lived his life with Eagle Scout integrity, loving his Catholic faith, family, and the Green Bay Packers.

“Although perceived as quiet and no-nonsense, Tom never took himself too seriously. We will miss his playful prank-calls, googly-eyed glasses, Looney Tune sing-a-longs, playing the numbers game with his morning coffee group, and his perfect rendition of the Big Mac jingle. ”

Colleagues and constituents rocked by Neuville’s death left messages for his family on a tribute wall at Bierman Funeral Home, where Neuville’s body currently rests.

“It was my great pleasure to serve with Senator Neuville,” Republican state Sen. Carrie Ruud wrote.

“As a Freshman Senator in 2003 I appreciated his kindness and wisdom and mentorship. He was someone we could only hope to emulate and live up to the example set. He also had a great sense of humor! My condolences to the family for their loss.

“Marilyn, we are thinking of you and the family during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy,” a message from the Third Judicial District Bench read.

“I was lucky to know Senator Neuville during his service in the Senate,” another individual wrote. “He was smart, thoughtful, collaborative, and fun to work with. My sympathies and thoughts are with his family.”

Neuville leaves behind his wife, Marilynn, and their five children.