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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

Mike Hatch announced former state auditor and one-time Republican Judi Dutcher as his running mate Sunday, as Democratic supporters touted the electoral math they hope will propel the two to the governor's office this fall. (06/25/2006)
The five-year low is a cause for celebration for Gov. Tim Pawlenty who touted it Tuesday as another sign of an economy on the right track. (06/13/2006)
Attorney General Mike Hatch secured the DFL endorsement for governor on Saturday, but one of his challengers, state Sen. Beck Lourey, is taking Hatch on in the primary. Hatch talks about his primary and general election prospects. (Midday, 06/13/2006)
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch is the DFL endorsed candidate for governor. Hatch won the endorsement on Saturday in Rochester, beating out state Senators Becky Lourey and Steve Kelley. The endorsement makes Hatch the clear frontrunner to take on Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty but he will have to win the DFL primary first. (06/11/2006)
Klobuchar easily won the backing of the vast majoirity of delegates to the state DFL convention underway this weekend in Rochester, winning on the first ballot with 78 percent of the vote. (06/09/2006)
Minnesota Democrats will endorse a candidate for governor at the party's state convention in Rochester on Saturday. Vying for the endorsement are Attorney General Mike Hatch, state Sen. Steve Kelley and state Sen. Becky Lourey. (06/09/2006)
The DFL candidates for governor will all be watching Tuesday's precinct caucuses to see what kind of support they enjoy from party stalwarts. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson face no challenge within their parties. (Midday, 03/07/2006)
DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch has been keeping a relatively low profile since entering the race for governor. In Midday's ongoing Meet the Candidates series, Hatch explains what he'd do if voters put him in the governor's office this November. (Midday, 02/27/2006)
A candidate forum on business issues was the latest in which Attorney General Mike Hatch chose not to participate. Some Democrats are wondering why Hatch is keeping a low profile on the campaign trail. (02/08/2006)
Issues of particular concern to women dominated the latest DFL gubernatorial forum, sponsored by the DFL Feminist Caucus on Sunday. (01/16/2006)
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch says the DPS is compromising personal privacy and helping identity thieves. (01/04/2006)
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch has announced a series of legislative proposals to help Minnesotans guard against identity theft. (12/21/2005)
Two legislators are proposing a bill to guard against invasive species hitchhiking in oceangoing ships on Lake Superior. The legislation would require big international ships that travel in Lake Superior to treat ballast water before dumping it into the lake. (11/22/2005)
The DFL race to reclaim the governor's office saw heavy churning Monday as a big-name candidate got in, a long-shot candidate bowed out and a deep-pocketed candidate opened a $500,000 television ad campaign. (10/24/2005)
Attorney General Mike Hatch is officially entering the governor's race. Hatch could be a formidable candidate, having won statewide office twice. But he also ran unsuccessfully for governor twice in the 1990s, and there's no guarantee he will get the DFL endorsement in '06. Several DFLers are already running for governor, and they say Hatch joining the race doesn't discourage them at all. (10/23/2005)