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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Constitution provides: The attorney general is an officer in the executive department; to qualify as attorney general, a person must be a qualified voter; 21 years old, and elected by the people (Articles V, VII)
Term: Four years     
Statutory Salary: $114,297

Lori Swanson

Eagan. University of Wisconsin, B.A., political science/journalism; William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude. Attorney in private practice; deputy attorney general, solicitor general of Minnesota.

102 State Capitol, St. Paul 55155, (651)296-6196
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Elected: 2006  
Term expires: January 2011


The attorney general is the chief legal officer for the state. The attorney general’s duties arise from the Minnesota constitution, state statutes, and common law.  Every board, commission, and agency of the state receives its legal counsel and representation from the attorney general.  The attorney general is also permitted to act in a parens patriae capacity to act on behalf of the people.  The attorney general has authority to initiate legal actions for the enforcement of the civil laws of the state, the preservation of order, and the protection of public rights.  The attorney general provides assistance to county attorneys in the criminal justice area.

As a statewide elected official, the attorney general advocates for a wide range of policy initiatives and legal reforms to protect Minnesotans and enhance their quality of life. 

The attorney general is also a member of the State Executive Council, the State Board of Investment, and the Land Exchange Board. 

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM