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Attorney General: Matt Entenza

Matt Entenza has had his eye on the attorney general's office for several years. He was prepared to run in 2002, if Mike Hatch had decided to seek another office. In 2006, that opportunity presented itself when Hatch decided to run for governor. Several days later, Entenza was in the race. Entenza, the House minority leader, says the most important part of being Minnesota's lawyer means keeping Minnesotans and their families safe. And he says that means being a consumer watchdog. Legislatively, Entenza authored the Do-Not-Call law to protect consumers from telemarketing calls.

Entenza received his party endorsement in May, but in July he dropped out of the race when several controversies swirled around him. It was revealed he hired an investigator to dig up dirt on Attorney General Mike Hatch,and there were questions about whether he could adequately monitor the United Health Care group. His wife is an executive with the corporation.


Candidate Bio

Rep. Matt Entenza
Political affiliation:
DFL Party
1961, Worthington, Minn.
Married to Lois Quam. Three children.
Resides in St. Paul.
Attorney. Minority Leader in Minnesota House of Representatives.
B.A. Macalester College in environmental studies. Oxford University. JD, University of Minnesota.
Major political experience:
First elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1994.

Links and Resources

MPR Votetracker:
Document Rep. Matt Entenza
Campaign Web site:
Document www.entenza.com

Candidate Pages

Matt Entenza, the DFL-endorsed candidate for attorney general dropped his candidacy Tuesday, setting off a flurry of last-minute filings for the September primary. Five DFL candidates are now in the running. (07/18/2006)
DFL Attorney General candidate Matt Entenza says he's horrified and embarrassed by revelations that a Chicago firm he hired dug for dirt on current DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch. He says he will apologize to Hatch, his fellow Democrat, the party's endorsed candidate for governor. (07/13/2006)
Republican Party officials are calling on two of the state's top Democrats to come clean on an apparent feud between them. (07/12/2006)
As part of the Minnesota Chamber's Business Day at the Capitol on April 6, 2006, Rep. Jeff Johnson and Rep. Matt Entenza debated issues in their race for attorney general. (04/06/2006)
Two days after Attorney General Mike Hatch entered the governor's race, the top Democrat in the Minnesota House has announced he's running for Hatch's job. (10/26/2005)
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