Minnesota Attorney General

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The Minnesota Attorney General is the state Attorney General of the U.S. state of Minnesota. The Attorney General is the state's chief legal officer and is an executive position elected by the voters for a four-year term.

The Office of the Minnesota Attorney General represents and provides legal advice to over 100 agencies, boards, and commissions of the government of Minnesota. The Office represents the state in state and federal court, as well as in administrative adjudication and rulemaking hearings. The Office handles felony criminal appeals, advises local prosecutors in the conduct of criminal trials and handles cases at the request of local prosecutors. In addition, the Office issues formal opinions interpreting statutes for the agencies and political subdivisions of the state.

The Minnesota Attorney General is a member of the Minnesota Executive Council, the Minnesota Board of Investment, the Minnesota Board of Pardons, and the Minnesota Land Exchange Board.

The current Attorney General is Lori Swanson.

List of Minnesota Attorneys General[edit]

Minnesota Territory:

Name Took office Left office Party
Lorenzo A. Babcock 1849 1853
Lafayette Emmett 1853 1858

In 1886, elections were moved from odd years to even years. Beginning with the 1962 election, the term of the office increased from two to four years.

After becoming a U.S. state:

Name Took office Left office Party
Charles H. Berry 1858 1860
Gordon E. Cole 1860 1866
William J. Colvill 1866 1868
Francis R. E. Cornell 1868 1874
George P. Wilson 1874 1880
Charles M. Start 1880 1881
William J. Hahn 1881 1887
Moses E. Clapp 1887 1893 Republican
Henry W. Childs 1893 1899
Wallace B. Douglas 1899 1904
William J. Donahower 1904 1905
Edward T. Young 1905 1909
George T. Simpson 1909 1912
Lyndon A. Smith 1912 1918 Republican
Clifford L. Hilton 1918 1927
Albert F. Pratt 1927 1928
G. Aaron Youngquist 1928 1929 Republican
Henry N. Benson 1929 1933
Harry H. Peterson 1933 1936
William S. Ervin 1936 1939
Joseph A. A. Burnquist 1939 1955 Republican
Miles W. Lord 1955 1960 DFL (Democrat)
Walter Mondale 1960 1964 DFL
Robert W. Mattson, Sr. 1964 1967 DFL
Douglas M. Head 1967 1971 Republican
Warren Spannaus 1971 1983 DFL
Hubert H. Humphrey, III 1983 1999 DFL
Mike Hatch 1999 2007 DFL
Lori Swanson 2007 present DFL

Notes on Minnesota political party names[edit]

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