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Attorney General: John James

In a statement on his Web site, John James says, "The Office of the Attorney General is the public's law firm. The AG's job is to represent the people of Minnesota. AGs traditionally want to be seen as the enforcer or prosecutor-in-chief - using the law to get justice for citizens. Enforcement is important, but if all we get from the AG is enforcement, we're not getting all we are paying for. We want people and organizations to comply with the law -- and laws to comply with the needs of Minnesotans and their communities. The AG should deliver both."

James is an attorney and CPA. He's a former revenue commissioner in the Perpich administration.

Candidate Bio

John James
Political affiliation:
Independence Party
Aug. 27, 1946
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Married to Thelma James. Four children.
Resides in Little Canada.
Member of the Minneapolis law firm of Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A.
Graduated from University of Iowa. Law degree from Harvard.
Major political experience:
Assistant Commissioner of Revenue, 1986.

Campaign Contribution Report

Total receipts
Cash on hand
Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, July 2006

Audio Highlights

Audio James debates Lori Swanson and Jeff Johnson (9/15/06)

Links and Resources

Campaign Web site:
Document TeamMN

Candidate Pages

A group of state lawmakers, civil rights leaders and business owners is getting behind a proposal that would make it harder for local governments to take private property from one group and give it to another private entity. (01/05/2006)
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)
A debate in the Minnesota House started as an attempt to place certain cold remedies behind pharmacy counters, to make it harder for meth manufacturers to obtain the pseudoephedrine crucial to making their drugs. It ended with a sweeping ban on many everyday medications. (04/22/2005)
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