Lori Swanson is making her first bid for political office. She is a longtime colleague of the incumbent Attorney General Mike Hatch. Swanson worked with Hatch in private law practice, and when he became AG in 1999 he joined his staff. Swanson served as deputy attorney general until 2002, when she was appointed solicitor general.
As solicitor general, Swanson is responsible for various civil actions undertaken by the Attorney General's Office on behalf of the public. Hatch reportedly encouraged her to run for office after the DFL-endorsed candidate, Matt Entenza, dropped out suddenly.
Unlike her two main DFL competitors, former U.S. Rep. Bill Luther and State Sen. Steve Kelley, Swanson has little name recognition and faced a tough fight to win the Sept. 12 primary. But she won the primary, finishing just 4.5 percent ahead of DFLer Steve Kelley.
Dec. 16, 1966
Married to Gary.
Resides in Eagan.
Solicitor general, state of Minnesota, 2003-present; deputy attorney general, 1999-2002; attorney with Hatch, Eiden and Pihlstrom law firm, Minneapolis, 1995-1999. Current chair of the Consumer Advisory Council, Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Member since 2004.
B.A. University of Wisconsin, 1989 (journalism and political science); J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, 1995.
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This is Swanson's first campaign for political office.
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|Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board 2006|
|Swanson debates John James and Jeff Johnson (9/15/06)|
|Interview with MPR's Tim Pugmire (9/1/06)|
|Swanson talks with MPR's Tom Scheck about foregoing the DFL party endorsement, and her campaign (8/9/06)|
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