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Governor: Mike Hatch

Mike Hatch announced his intention to seek the DFL nomination for governor on October 24, 2005. He won the party's endorsement at the state convention in Rochester on June 10, 2006. The state's top lawyer has a lengthy career of battling insurance companies and HMOs who have denied coverage to Minnesotans. For his gubernatorial announcement, Mike Hatch was joined by two women who praised him for going to bat for them. Hatch says he would focus on access to health care and quality education -- both K-12 and higher education -- for middle-class Minnesotans. He wouldn't say whether he'd need to raise taxes to fund his priorities. Hatch won the September 2006 primary race with 73 percent of the vote cast; well ahead of fellow DFLer Becky Lourey.

Hatch was elected attorney general in 1998 and re-elected in 2002. He was the only statewide Democrat to win in 2002. Prior to his election he was an attorney in private practice.

He was the state DFL Party chair from 1980-1983 before joining the administration of Gov. Rudy Perpich as commerce commissioner. He ran for governor in 1994, but lost a primary battle with Sen. John Marty.

Candidate Bio

Mike Hatch
Political affiliation:
DFL Party
Nov. 12, 1948
Wife, Patti; Three daughters, Katharine, Elizabeth and Anne.
Attorney General
BA University of Minnesota-Duluth with a major in political science, 1970. Law degree from University of Minnesota, 1973.
Major political experience:
Attorney General, state of Minnesota, 1998- . Former Commerce Commissioner, state of Minnesota. Former DFL Party Chair. Ran for DFL nomination for governor in 1990 and 1994.

On the Issues

Audio Abortion (2/27/06)
Audio Education (5/25/05)
Audio Energy (2/27/06)
Audio Environment (2/27/06)
Audio Gambling (5/25/05)
Audio Health care (2/27/06)
Audio Jobs (10/9/06)
Audio Immigration (2/27/06)
Audio K-12 (2/27/06)
Audio Limiting K-12 administration (2/27/06)
Audio Methamphetimine (2/27/06)
Audio Same-sex marriage (2/27/06)
Audio Stadiums (2/27/06)
Audio Tax increase for wealthy (2/27/06)
Audio Why he's running (5/25/05)

Campaign Contribution Report

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

Links and Resources

Attorney General's Web site:
Document Official Web site
Campaign Web site
Document www.hatch2006.org

Candidate Pages

Tim Pawlenty survived a scare and claimed a second term as Minnesota governor in come-from-behind fashion. His DFL opponent, Mike Hatch, conceded the race this morning. (11/08/2006)
With the final debate behind them, the candidates for governor hit the road Monday with a series of campaign stops to energize their voters and search out those who are still undecided. (11/06/2006)
Minnesota Public Radio's Nov. 5 gubernatorial debate between DFLer Mike Hatch, Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson and Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty. ( 11/06/2006)
Tax topics took top billing Sunday night as the debate season closed in Minnesota's tight race for governor. (11/05/2006)
Democratic candidate Mike Hatch, the frontrunner in the race for Minnesota governor, took heat Friday from two rivals over a temper he displayed in the campaign's stretch run. (11/04/2006)
Mike Hatchlashed out at KSTP-TV by suggesting the station has an agenda because the station's owner, Stanley Hubbard, has contributed to a special interest group that is running TV ads that criticize him. (11/03/2006)
A recent Minnesota Public Radio/Pioneer Press poll suggests that only 7 percent of Minnesota voters haven't decided who they want to put in the governor's office for the next four years. That means 93 percent have made up their minds. Eight of those decided voters explain their decisions. (Midday, 11/03/2006)
Democrat Mike Hatch sought to reassure voters of his expertise on ethanol on Thursday, a day after his running mate drew a blank when she was questioned in farm country about E-85. (11/02/2006)
Mike Hatch is well-known to Minnesotans as a scrappy -- sometimes confrontational -- politician, and he's embracing his bulldog image in his third run for the governor's office. (11/01/2006)
A new Minnesota Public Radio/St. Paul Pioneer Press poll shows the governor's race remains locked in a dead heat with just six days until the election. (11/01/2006)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the three campaign managers for the major party candidates for Minnesota governor. (10/31/2006)
The poll shows Democrat Mike Hatch with 6-point lead over Republican Tim Pawlenty in the race for governor. (10/31/2006)
Minnesota's candidates for governor sparred Sunday night in their first televised debate of the campaign. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, DFL candidate Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson disagreed on issues such as transportation, immigration and property taxes. (10/29/2006)
With less than two weeks to go until the election, GOP candidates are running ads on immigration. One reason is that the issue is important to GOP voters. (10/27/2006)
A collection of recent Minnesota Public Radio reports examining some of the issues in the races for the U.S. Senate and the governor's office. (Midday, 10/26/2006)
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