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Attorney General: Bill Luther

Former U.S. Rep. Bill Luther jumped into the DFL race for attorney general on the last day of candidate filing, after the party's endorsed candidate Matt Entenza dropped out of the race. Luther has been out of politics for the past four years, since he lost his bid for re-election in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District to Republican John Kline. Luther had defeated Kline twice before.

Luther reportedly had been recruited by current Attorney General Mike Hatch to run for the position, even before Entenza withdrew.

Luther lost his AG bid when he finished a distance third in a three-DFLer race.

Candidate Bio

Bill Luther
Political affiliation:
DFL Party
June 27, 1945
Fergus Falls, Minn.
Two children (Alex, Alicia). Husband of Rep. Darlene Luther, who died in January 2002.
Resides in Stillwater.
University of Minnesota (BS, 1967; JD, 1970.)
Major political experience:
Elected to Congress in 1994. Re-elected in 1996 and 1998. Lost to Republican John Kline in 2002, 53-42 percent. Minnesota House of Representatives, 1974-1976; Minnesota Senate 1976-1994

Campaign Contribution Report

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Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board 2006

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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)