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. 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. The attorney general is also responsible for representing residential and small business utility consumers through participation in matters before the Minnesota
Public Utilities Commission.
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.
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...
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.
- See also: Minnesota Attorney General election, 2010
Article V, Section 4 of the Minnesota Constitution addresses compensation:
...The duties and salaries of the executive officers shall be prescribed by law.
In 2010, the Attorney General of Minnesota was paid an estimated $114,288 according to the Council of State Governments.
Minnesota Attorney General's Office
1400 Bremer Tower
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 296-3353
Toll Free Phone: (800) 657-3787