Doug Wardlow

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Doug Wardlow
Doug Wardlow floor speech 2 (cropped).jpg
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 38B district
In office
January 4, 2011 – January 7, 2013
Preceded by Mike Obermueller
Succeeded by Redistrict
Personal details
Born 1978 (age 39–40)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jenny
Children 3
Education Georgetown University (BA, JD)

Douglas G. "Doug" Wardlow (born 1978) is an American attorney, counsel for the conservative Christian legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom, and former Minnesota State Representative who represented District 38B, formerly represented by his father, which includes portions of the city of Eagan in Dakota County, which is in the southeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.[awkward] He is a current Republican candidate for Attorney General of Minnesota.

Early life and education[edit]

Wardlow graduated from Eagan High School in Eagan, Minnesota, where he was one of the four valedictorians of his class. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., studied Mandarin Chinese at Beijing University in Beijing, China, and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Political Theory with a double minor in Mandarin Chinese.

Legal career[edit]

Wardlow earned his J.D., cum laude from Georgetown Law Center. After earning his law degree, he served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court. During law school, he also spent a summer clerking at the law firm of Lee and Li in Taipei, Taiwan. He also returned to Beijing University, completing English-language coursework on Chinese law.[1][2]

Wardlaw worked as an litigation attorney for Minneapolis law firm of Parker Rosen, where he specialized in eminent domain, employment law and business law.[3][1]

Alliance Defending Freedom[edit]

Wardlow currently serves as legal counsel[4] for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal non-profit in Scottsdale, Arizona.[5] Alliance Defending Freedom has represented clients and won at the United States Supreme Court in nine cases in the last seven years, the three most recent in 2017 and 2018.[6]

The group has been labeled an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.[7] Doug Wardlow's work with Alliance Defending Freedom has included suing and threatening to sue school districts for allowing transgender students to use restrooms in accordance with their gender identity, citing discredited researchers to argue that allowing transgender people to use restroom facilities in accordance with their identity would pose a danger to other students and violates privacy rights.[7][8] Wardlow has argued that transgender students using bathrooms reflecting their gender threatens the "safety and privacy" of other students.[9] He successfully argued that a Detroit funeral home could fire a transgender employee because of the owner's religious opposition to transgender people.[10]

Political career[edit]

Wardlow was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. He served on the Civil Law, Judiciary Policy and Finance, and Taxes committees, and on the Taxes Subcommittee for the Property and Local Tax Division.[11] He narrowly lost his bid for reelection in 2012 to Democrat Laurie Halverson, in the newly created District 51B.[12]

2018 Attorney-General campaign[edit]


Wardlow opposes gay marriage and the Obergefell v. Hodges decision[13] and called it a "tyrannical impulse."[14]

Personal life and family history[edit]

Wardlow and his family have long been active in government and politics. While attending Georgetown University, he volunteered at the offices of U.S. Representative John Kline from Minnesota and U.S. Representative Gil Gutknecht from Minnesota, and also worked as a volunteer legal research clerk for U.S. Senator Charles Grassley from Iowa. His father, Lynn, also served as a Minnesota State Representative for the same district from 2003-2009.[1][2][15]


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