Attorney General of Minnesota

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Minnesota Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $24,342,000
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Minnesota Constitution, Article V, Section I the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Lori Swanson
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 2, 2007
Compensation:  $114,288
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Minnesota Executive Offices
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The Attorney General of Minnesota is the chief legal officer for the State of Minnesota. The office of the attorney general represents and provides legal advice to over 100 state agencies, boards and commissions.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Lori Swanson. Having taken the oath of office on January 2, 2007, she became the first woman in the state to serve as Attorney General. She was re-elected in 2010.[2]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of attorney general in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section I:

The executive department consists of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor, and attorney general...

Qualifications

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Elections

Minnesota state government organizational chart

Minnesota elects attorneys general in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Minnesota, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all attorney general election years. There are no term limits.

2010

See also: Minnesota Attorney General election, 2010

Democratic Primary

2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Lori Swanson 85.6%
     Democratic Party Leo F. Meyer 14.4%
Total Votes 397,317

Republican Primary

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Chris Barden 54.0%
     Republican Party Sharon Anderson 46.0%
Total Votes 121,532

General election

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Lori Swanson 52.9%
     Republican Party Chris Barden 41.3%
     Independent Bill Dahn 5.1%
     Resource Party David J. Hoch 0.7%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 2,033,087

2006

2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Lori Swanson 41.8%
     Democratic Party Steve Kelley 37.3%
     Democratic Party Bill Luther 20.9%
Total Votes 300,387
2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election[6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Lori Swanson 53.2%
     Republican Party Jeff Johnson 40.7%
     Independent John James 4.1%
     Green Party Papa John Kolstad 1.9%
Total Votes 2,125,209

Vacancies

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Duties

The attorney general represents the state in state and federal court, as well as in administrative adjudication and rulemaking hearings. The attorney general handles felony criminal appeals, advises local prosecutors in the conduct of criminal trials and handles cases at the request of local prosecutors.[1]

The attorney general is also responsible for representing residential and small business utility consumers through participation in matters before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.[1]

Divisions

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State budget

The Attorney General's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 is $24,342,000.[7]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

Article V, Section 4 of the Minnesota Constitution addresses compensation:

...The duties and salaries of the executive officers shall be prescribed by law.

2013

In 2013, the attorney general's salary remained at $114,288.[8]

2012

In 2012, the attorney general was paid an estimated $114,288. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the Attorney General of Minnesota was paid an estimated $114,288 according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Minnesota

Capitol Address:
Minnesota Attorney General's Office
1400 Bremer Tower
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Phone: (651) 296-3353
Toll Free Phone: (800) 657-3787
E-mail: attorney.general@state.mn.us

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