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Lori Swanson

Assumed office 
January 2, 2007
Governor Tim Pawlenty
Preceded by Mike Hatch

Born December 16, 1966 (1966-12-16) (age 43)
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Profession Attorney

Lori Swanson is the Attorney General of the U.S. state of Minnesota. She was elected on November 7, 2006, and took office on January 2, 2007, succeeding Mike Hatch, who declined to run for re-election in order to run for governor. She is the first woman elected Minnesota's attorney general.[1]

Swanson served as the deputy attorney general during Mike Hatch's first term, and as solicitor general during his second term. She also served as chair of the Consumer Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C. in 2006. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and her J.D. magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul.[2][3]

Electoral history

  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election
    • Lori Swanson (DFL) 53.24%
    • Jeff Johnson (GOP) 40.72%
    • John James (IP) 4.05%
  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - DFL Primary


See also

Politics of Minnesota
Attorney General of Minnesota

Legal offices
Preceded by
Mike Hatch
Minnesota Attorney General
2007 –
Succeeded by


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