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Mike Freeman

Hennepin County Attorney
Assumed office 
Preceded by Amy Klobuchar
In office
1991 – 1999
Preceded by Tom Johnson
Succeeded by Amy Klobuchar

Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 40th district
In office
1983 – 1991

Born May 7, 1948 (1948-05-07) (age 61)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Teresa "Terry" Mathison
Children 3
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma mater Rutgers College
University of Minnesota Law School
Occupation attorney, legislator
Religion Lutheran

Michael O. "Mike" Freeman (born May 7, 1948) is an attorney and politician from the state of Minnesota. He is currently the county attorney for Hennepin County, the most populous county in the state, of which the county seat is Minneapolis.[1] He is the son of Orville Freeman, who was a former Minnesota governor and Secretary of Agriculture under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.[2]

A Democrat, Freeman was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1982, representing the old District 40, which included the cities of Richfield and East Bloomington in Hennepin County. He was re-elected in 1986, serving as Majority Whip during his second term (1987 – 1991). He was also vice chair of the Finance Committee from 1987-1991, and of the Economic Development and Commerce Committee from 1983-1986. He also chaired the Economic Development Subcommittee from 1983-1986.[3]

Freeman was elected Hennepin County Attorney in 1990, serving until 1999. He again ran for and was elected county attorney by a wide margin in 2006, after incumbent Amy Klobuchar opted to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton.[4]

Freeman ran twice for governor of Minnesota. In 1994 he lost the DFL Party endorsement to John Marty. Marty was later defeated in the general election by incumbent Governor Arne Carlson. In 1998 he won the DFL Party endorsement but lost the primary election to Skip Humphrey, who went on to lose the general election to Jesse Ventura.[5]

Freeman received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1970 and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1974.[6]


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