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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

The 56-year-old Democrat will make it official on Monday, he told supporters in a fundraising letter confirmed by a campaign spokeswoman. (10/19/2005)
A Hennepin County judge could rule as early as this week on a case that some argue could give the attorney general newfound power over nonprofits. (08/16/2005)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is asking Attorney General Mike Hatch to consider stepping aside in the event a budget impasse requires a court order to keep critical state services running. (06/03/2005)
The lineup card for Minnesota's 2006 governor's race is starting to fill up. Two more potential challengers to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty took steps this week toward running. (05/26/2005)
Attorney General Mike Hatch has taken another step toward running for governor in 2006. Hatch sent a fundraising letter to DFL contributors, asking them to help him finance a gubernatorial campaign. While the election is still a year and a half away, Hatch isn't the only Democrat considering the governor's race. (05/25/2005)