A local union ironworker has been appointed to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority board of commissioners.

The Duluth City Council last week appointed Tyrone Walker to the Port Authority board, replacing Norm Voorhees, whose final term on the board concluded in early October.

Walker, an ironworker with Lakehead Constructors and Ironworkers Local 512, was raised in Chicago and relocated to Duluth in 2015 after earning his welding certification. Since then, he has worked on multiple welding and steel-fitting projects throughout the Twin Ports, a Port Authority news release said this week.

Walker recently completed his Local 512 apprenticeship and became a journeyman.

His latest focus with Lakehead includes Husky Energy’s Superior Refinery rebuild project. Walker along with his wife, Samantha, and their five children, attend Northstar Baptist Church.

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He has served in a variety of roles at Northstar, including as a preaching minister. His public speaking activities also include occupational topics. Walker spoke in late February at Construct Tomorrow’s Duluth event, a two-day gathering designed to raise awareness among high school students about post-secondary career opportunities within the construction and building trades.

Walker’s appointment to the Port Authority board concludes in October 2026.

“We are excited that Commissioner Walker is joining our board of commissioners,” Deb DeLuca, executive director of Port Authority, said in the news release. “We have a great board the commissioners are very engaged and represent a broad spectrum of business concerns. Commissioner Walker brings an important union and labor perspective to the board.”

The Port Authority is an independent public agency created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1955 to foster regional maritime and economic development and advocate for port interests.

The Port Authority is governed by a seven-member board of commissioners two appointed by the governor of Minnesota, two by the St. Louis County Board and three by the Duluth City Council.