|29th Minnesota Attorney General|
January 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Mike Hatch|
|Born||December 16, 1966|
|Political party||Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party|
Lori Swanson (born December 16, 1966) is the Attorney General of the US state of Minnesota. She was elected on November 7, 2006, and took office on January 2, 2007, succeeding Mike Hatch, who declined to run for re-election in order to run for governor. She is the first woman elected Minnesota's attorney general.
Swanson served as deputy attorney general during Mike Hatch's first term, and as Solicitor General during his second term. She also served as chair of the Consumer Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C. in 2006. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and her J.D. magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul.
Awards and Honors 
Swanson was named one of the “Top Ten Lawyers in America” by the national publication Lawyers USA in 2009. In 2012 the national publication HealthLeaders Magazine named Swanson one of 20 Americans who is making a difference in health care. She also received the Robert Drinan “Champion of Justice” award from the National Consumer Law Center, a Washington based nonprofit organization that acts as a national clearing center and publisher for consumer lawyers and other legal advocates. She was also a recipient of the Pro Patria award by the Department of Defense for her work on behalf of armed service personnel. In 2010, Swanson was named Public Official of the Year by the Minnesota Nurses Association. The Drum Major Institute of New York designated Swanson’s predatory mortgage legislation on one of the ten top public policies proposed in 2008.
In 2009, Swanson filed a lawsuit against National Arbitration Forum (NAF), at that time the largest consumer arbitration organization in the country. NAF had been criticized by consumer advocacy groups, U.S. Senators, and Public Citizen for bias against consumers. Swanson alleged that NAF was owned by a group of equity funds that also were simultaneously affiliated with a national debt collection agency, Axiant, and the administration of the largest collection law firm at the time, Mann Brakken. In July 2009 NAF signed a consent order with Swanson agreeing to stop arbitrating consumer claims. Shortly thereafter, Axiant and Mann Bracken went out of business.
In 2012, Swanson filed a lawsuit against Accretive Health, Inc. of Chicago, a hospital collection agency. The lawsuit resulted in hearings before the U.S. Senate  and the issuance of a multi-volume compliance report involving Fairview Health Systems in Minnesota. In July 2012, Accretive signed a consent order under which it paid a $2.5 million civil penalty and agreed not to do business in Minnesota for up to six years. Accretive is believed to be the only current member of the New York Stock Exchange which is affirmatively barred from doing business in a state. In September 2012, the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) determined that Accretive’s actions at Fairview Health Systems subjected patients to “abuse and harassment,” and resulted in violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (“EMTALA”), the federal anti-patient dumping law.
Electoral history 
- 2010 Race for Attorney General – General Election (Unofficial)
- Lori Swanson (DFL) 52.9%
- Chris Barden (GOP) 41.27%
- Bill Dann (IP) 5.06%
- David Hoch (Resource Party) 0.69%
- 2010 Race for Attorney General – DFL Primary
- Lori Swanson 85.61%
- Leo F. Meyer 14.39%
- 2006 Race for Attorney General – General Election
- Lori Swanson (DFL) 53.24%
- Jeff Johnson (GOP) 40.72%
- John James (IP) 4.05%
- 2006 Race for Attorney General – DFL Primary
- "Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson". Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- "Project Vote Smart – Attorney General Lori Swanson – Biography". Votesmart.org. December 16, 1966. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- Swanson Wins AG Race, Ritchie Re-Elected
- "Minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2009/12/swanson_picked.shtml".; >"www.startribune.com/printarticle/?id=80093527".
- "HealthLeaders Magazine, December, 2012".
- > "www.startribune.com/templates/Print_This_Story?sid=65694192". ; "www.startribune.com/printarticle/?id=65694192".
- "www.communityinvestmentnetwork.org/CDB-L/showthread.php?t=4923".; Wikipedia “Drum Major Institute”
- Wikipedia, “National Arbitration Forum;” Swanson v. National Arbitration Forum, Hennepin County District Court, State of Minnesota, file #27-cv-09-18550
- Wikipedia, “National Arbitration Forum.” See also Businessweek, June 5, 2008
- Swanson v. National Arbitration Forum, Hennepin County District Court, State of Minnesota, file #27-cv-09-18550
- The Baltimore Sun. “Mann Bracken put in receivership in lieu of bankruptcy filing. February 26, 2010. > "articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-02-26/business/bal-mann-bracken-0226_1_bankruptcy-filing-debt-collection-law-firm"., See also Washington Business Journal, “Demise of Axiant, Mann Bracken means Chaos, lost jobs” February 1, 2010. "www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2010/02/01/story5.html".
- See Wikipedia, “Accretive Health;” State of Minnesota v. Accretive Health, United States District Court, District of Minnesota Case No. 12-cv-00145 (RHK-JJK)
- U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, May 30, 2012, "www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=3b6170c2-5056-9502-5d3f-48051751b8fb".; "www.franken.senate.gov/?p=hot_topic&id=2089".
- review/pdf "www.ag.state.mn.us/PDF/PressReleases/complaince review/pdf".
- Wikipedia, “Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.”
See also 
|Minnesota Attorney General