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Matt Entenza

In office
January 7, 2003 – June 20, 2006
Preceded by Thomas W. Pugh
Succeeded by Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 64A district
In office
January 3, 1995 – June 20, 2006
Preceded by C. Thomas Osthoff
Succeeded by Erin Murphy

Born October 4, 1961 (1961-10-04) (age 48)
Worthington, Minnesota
Nationality American
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Lois Quam
Children Ben, Will and Steve
Residence St. Paul, Minnesota
Alma mater Macalester College
Oxford University
University of Minnesota
Occupation Attorney
Religion Lutheran

Matthew (Matt) Entenza is a Minnesota lawyer and politician who served six terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives and also ran for state attorney general. He served as House Minority Leader from 2003-2006, stepping down to focus on the attorney general's race. He withdrew from that race on July 18, 2006.

On April 23, 2009, Entenza announced his candidacy for Governor of Minnesota.[1]



Entenza studied at Augustana College in South Dakota before transferring to Macalester College. After graduating, Entenza studied law at Oxford University and taught high school. After returning home to Minnesota, he received his J.D. with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School.[2]

After graduating, Entenza clerked for U.S. District Judge Harry H. MacLaughlin. He then joined the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, assigned to the Charities Division. Entenza also concurrently taught law at St. Mary's University. He later joined the Hennepin County Attorney's office, principally prosecuting white-collar crime.

Service in the Minnesota House of Representatives

A Democrat, Entenza was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives from District 64A in 1994. The district includes portions of the city of Saint Paul in Ramsey County. He served on the K-12 Finance, Education Policy, and Commerce committees.[2] He was chief author of the “Do Not Call List” law, a consumer privacy initiative. In 2004, his caucus won 14 legislative seats, resulting in a 68-66 House divide.

2006 Minnesota Attorney General race

On July 18, 2006, Entenza withdrew his candidacy from the race for Minnesota Attorney General. Critics had raised concerns of a conflict of interest due to Entenza's wife's high ranking executive position at UnitedHealth Group.

Entenza's campaign committee was fined $28,000 by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board on August 15, 2006, for exceeding the legal amount for contributions. The committee has indicated it intends to appeal the ruling. [1]

Entenza was also accused of hiring a Chicago-based opposition research firm to look into Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch. [2]

Minnesota 2020

Entenza founded a Saint Paul-based think tank called Minnesota 2020 in June 2007. [3] [4]

2010 Gubernatorial run

Entenza has announced that he will seek the Minnesota DFL's endorsement for the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial race. He was endorsed by Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison in May 2009[3] and Minnesota Stonewall DFL in December of that year.[4]


Entenza and his wife have been married for 24 years. Lois Quam was featured in Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women”[5] while working at UnitedHealth Group for 17 year period, during which in 1993 she served as a senior adviser on rural health issues to then First Lady Hillary Clinton as a member of President Clinton's Task Force on Health Care Reform from 1993 to 1994.[6] Lois Quam served as a Leader in Strategic Investor for the Green Economy and Health at Piper Jaffary from 2007 to April 2009, when she founded Tsyvar, an investment firm that focuses on the green economy.

They have three boys, Ben, Will and Steve.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Pugh
Minnesota House Minority Leader
2003 – 2006
Succeeded by
Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Preceded by
C. Thomas Osthoff
State Representative from Minnesota District 64A
1995 – 2006
Succeeded by
Erin Murphy


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