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Andy Dawkins
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Former candidate for
Minnesota Attorney General
PartyGreen Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House District 65A
Bachelor'sHamline University
J.D.Temple University School of Law
Date of birthJuly 29, 1950
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Andrew 'Andy' J. Dawkins' (b. July 29, 1950) was a Green Party candidate for Minnesota Attorney General in the 2014 elections.[1]

Dawkins is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from Saint Paul.

Dawkins won the Green Party endorsement at its May 17 endorsing convention Crystal, Minn..[2] Andy Dawkins lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Originally from Chicago, Dawkins moved to Minnesota in the late 1960s to attend college at Hamline University in St. Paul where he earned his B.A. in history and political science in 1972.[3]

He later moved to Philadelphia, Penn. to work with homeless youth while attending law school at Temple University School of Law. He earned his J.D. from Temple in 1977.[3]

In 1980, Andy established a neighborhood law practice in the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota.[4]

Dawkins has been active politically. He was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in the November 1987 special election. Dawkins filled the district-65A seat vacated by former Speaker of the House Fred Norton (DFL-St. Paul) upon his appointment to the state Court of Appeals.[3] He was re-elected every two years until he opted not to seek re-election in 2002.[3] In 1993, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Saint Paul against Norm Coleman.[5]

From 2002 to 2006, Dawkins led the department of Neighborhood Housing and Property Improvement for the city of Saint Paul. In 2006, he returned to the private practice of law joining the law firm of Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen.[4]



See also: Minnesota attorney general election, 2014

Dawkins ran for election to the office of Minnesota Attorney General.[1] Dawkins sought the Green Party nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014. He received the Green Party endorsement on May 17, 2014.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Attorney General of Minnesota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLori Swanson Incumbent 52.6% 1,014,714
     Republican Scott Newman 39% 752,543
     Legalize Marijuana Dan R. Vacek 3% 57,604
     Independence Brandan Borgos 2.3% 44,613
     Libertarian Mary O'Connor 1.6% 30,008
     Green Andy Dawkins 1.5% 28,748
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 750
Total Votes 1,928,980
Election Results via Minnesota Secretary of State.


In 1995, Dawkins married Ellen Anderson, a Minnesota state senator from St. Paul. They have two sons.[5]

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