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Attorney General: Steve Kelley

Sen. Steve Kelley's campaign for governor ended on June 10, 2006 when he lost what became two-person battle for the DFL endorsement during the party convention in Rochester.

But a few weeks later, he entered the race for attorney general, when the DFL-endorsed candidate, Matt Entenza, suddenly dropped out of the race. He faces several other high-profile DFLers in the Sept. 12 primary, including outgoing AG Mike Hatch's top deputy.

Kelley says the issues he thinks are most important in the attorney general's race are controlling health care costs, protecting ID security and privacy, and improving public safety. Kelley has sought statewide office before. He tried but failed to get the DFL's U.S. Senate nod in 2000.

Kelley lost the September 2006 primary, finishing about 4.5 percent behind the winner, Lori Swanson.

Candidate Bio

Sen. Steve Kelley
Political affiliation:
DFL Party
January 8, 1953
Minnetonka, Minn.
Married: to Sophie Bell Kelley, 2 children.
Resides in Hopkins.
State senator
Blake High School, BA, Williams College (Political Economy), JD Columbia University.
Major political experience:
Former member of Board of Medical Practice. Elected to the House in 1992, re-elected in 1994. Elected to the Senate 1996, re-elected in 2000, 2002. Attorney with Mackall, Crounse and Moore law firm in Minneapolis since 1993. Lawyer at Dorsey and Whitney law firm in Minneapolis 1979-83. Clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Leonard P. Moore 1978-79.

On the Issues

Audio Crime (2/22/06)
Audio Environment (2/22/06)
Audio Health care (2/22/06)
Audio Immigration (1/15/06)
Audio Same-sex marriage (2/22/06)
Audio Smoking (2/22/06)

Campaign Contribution Report

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

Links and Resources

Campaign Web site:
Document kelleyforminnesota.org
Votetracker - Steve Kelley
Document See his latest legislative record

Candidate Pages

Lori Swanson
A protege of outgoing Attorney General Mike Hatch defeated a tough-on-crime state legislator in Minnesota's race for the state's top lawyer Tuesday, and Democrats swept Republicans out of the secretary of state and auditor's offices. (11/08/2006)
A new Minnesota Public Radio/Pioneer Press poll shows DFLer Lori Swanson with an increasing lead in the race for attorney general. (11/02/2006)
During a debate on Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning program, Lori Swanson said Jeff Johnson supported a bill as a state legislator that was aimed at limiting stem cell research at the University of Minnesota. Johnson accused Swanson of resorting to wedge issues. (10/10/2006)
A new Minnesota Public Radio/Pioneer Press poll shows DFLer Lori Swanson leading in the race for attorney general, but more than a third of the surveyed voters are undecided. (09/26/2006)
Democratic attorney general candidate Lori Swanson held an 18 percentage point lead over Republican Jeff Johnson in a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, but 18 percent of those polled were still undecided. (09/19/2006)
In a crowded field, the three candidates for attorney general have much different opinions on use of the death penalty. (09/19/2006)
Republican attorney general hopeful Jeff Johnson made clear Friday he would try to turn the race into a referendum on outgoing Attorney General Mike Hatch, whose top deputy is the Democratic nominee. (09/15/2006)
Minnesota Solicitor General Lori Swanson will take on Rep. Jeff Johnson. But the closest race was in the Independence Party. (09/13/2006)
Minnesota DFLers have three attorney general candidates to choose from when they vote in the primary election on Sept. 12. Steve Kelley, Bill Luther and Lori Swanson make their cases to the voters. (Midday, 09/05/2006)
Minnesota's primary election is just one week away, and the most competitive statewide race has also been the most courteous. (09/05/2006)
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)
A bill passed by the House and Senate would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from renting or buying some video games. Store owners would also have to post signs about the age restriction. (05/18/2006)
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)
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