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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

Candidate Pages

Like he did in the stretch run four years ago, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty began airing an immigration-themed ad. Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Mike Hatch expressed a willingness to approve a gas tax increase despite his personal opposition to it. (10/25/2006)
If you're not sick of political ads on TV by now you probably will be by Election Day. (10/24/2006)
You won't find anything about social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage on the gubernatorial candidates' Web sites, but they're important to many voters. (10/24/2006)
In a battle of spreadsheets and bar graphs, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democratic challenger Mike Hatch traded accusations Sunday over crime-fighting. (10/22/2006)
DFL gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch says he won't make any promises about education spending until it's clear that Minnesota has a budget surplus. (10/19/2006)
Minnesota lost nearly 13,000 jobs in September, the third largest monthly job loss in more than 50 years. (10/17/2006)
Public safety is traditionally an important issue for voters, especially those living in areas touched by drugs or violence. (10/17/2006)
A Star Tribune poll shows DFL challenger Mike Hatch pulling ahead of incumbent Republican Tim Pawlenty in the Minnesota governor's race. (10/16/2006)
From the perspective nearly every poll, the race for governor in Minnesota is close. MPR's Midday spends an hour with the DFL challenger -- Mike Hatch. (Midday, 10/11/2006)
Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the state's job market is "on fire," while his opponents say Minnesota's economic picture is not so hot. (10/10/2006)
In their first and only post-primary debate outside of the Twin Cities, the two frontrunners and Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson were forced to address the medical research issue and a railroad expansion that both loom large in the state's third-largest city. (10/05/2006)
Public education is traditionally a top issue for many Minnesota voters, and this year's election is no exception. (10/03/2006)
A new round of gubernatorial campaign ads takes aim at the candidates' tax policies, but some of the numbers fail to add up. (10/02/2006)
Moderators pressed the group to offer specific proposals for future road funding, education reform and the environment. But Mike Hatch and Tim Pawlenty mostly demurred. (09/27/2006)
The candidates have been making a lot of promises about new spending, from free college tuition to more cops on the street. (09/26/2006)