Lori Swanson is the 29th Attorney General of Minnesota and the state’s first female Attorney General. She was first elected in November 2006 and has since won reelection twice. As Attorney General, she has advocated for Minnesotans on issues from consumer protection and predatory lending, to health care and public safety.
Early Life and Education
Swanson was born in December 1966. She earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and went on to earn her JD from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Swanson began her career working in private practice. From 1999 to 2002, she served as Deputy Attorney General for the state of Minnesota, and from 2003 to 2006, Swanson served as Solicitor General of Minnesota. She has also served on the Consumer Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
Swanson was elected Attorney General in November 2006 and took office in January 2007.
Among Swanson’s notable achievements as Attorney General include forcing the closing of the largest consumer credit arbitration company in the country after uncovering poor and unfair business practices. She has taken on insurance companies that sold inappropriate policies to senior citizens, resulting in millions of dollars in refunds to the elderly, and she has held utilities companies accountable for unfair rate hike requests and unfair pricing schemes.
Swanson has worked with the state legislature on several legal reforms, including laws preventing cyberbullying and predatory behavior online, giving prosecutors more recourse to prosecute sex offenders, protecting victims of domestic abuse, and guaranteeing members of the military more consumer protections when deployed on active duty.
Swanson and her husband live in Eagen, a suburb of the Twin Cities, with their dog Taffy.