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R. Christopher Barden
Former candidate for
Minnesota Attorney General
R. Christopher Barden (born 1955) is a psychologist and attorney. On April 28, 2010, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, challenging Democratic incumbent Lori Swanson. [1] The following day, he received the endorsement of the Minnesota Republican Party at their annual state convention. [2] Six months later, however, Barden lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 after receiving slightly over forty-one percent of the vote.


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Minnesota (1976) summa cum laude
  • Attended graduate school at University of California in Berkeley
  • Doctorate of Philosophy degree in child/adult psychology, University of Minnesota (1982)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Harvard Law School (1992) cum laude

Professional experience

Barden has been a licensed psychologist in Texas since 1984 and in Minnesota since 1988. He received his license to practice law in Minnesota in 1992 and was certified as an official mediator in the state two years later. For ten years, beginning in 1995, Barden was the director of the National Association for Consumer Protection In Mental Health Practices (NACPMHP) before it merged into the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health (CSMMH), a national health care consumer protection agency, in 2005. At one point, he was appointed by the governor to serve as a member of the Minnesota Licensing Board of Psychology.



See also: Minnesota Attorney General election, 2010
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
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


Barden currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife of twenty-three years, Robin. The couple has had four children together.


  • Distinguished Graduating Senior Award (1976) from the University of Minnesota

Contact information

Barden for Attorney General Campaign logo

Campaign Address:
Chris Barden for Attorney General
3109 W. 50th St., Suite 217
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Phone: (612) 845-9138

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