November 28, 2017

Saint Paul, MN — Today, former Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman formally launched his campaign for Attorney General to be the people’s attorney for all Minnesotans.

Rothman brings substantial legal and consumer protection experience to his campaign for Attorney General. A former Commerce Commissioner, he will continue to protect Minnesotans by standing up against fraudulent and deceptive practices by large corporations, to fight for seniors and all Minnesotans.

Rothman stepped down as Commerce Commissioner earlier this month to seek the DFL endorsement if Attorney General Lori Swanson does not run for re-election.

“I am running to be the People’s Attorney General, and I will continue to stand up to large corporations to make sure every day Minnesotans are not taken advantage of and fight for our state’s senior citizens,” said Rothman. “Above all, I will work to ensure that Minnesotans are treated fairly by big business and will send a message to those perpetrating fraud: Not in Minnesota.”

As Commerce Commissioner, Rothman led a statewide consumer protection and law enforcement agency overseeing more than 20 industries. During his nearly seven year tenure as Commissioner, Rothman returned and saved Minnesota consumers over a billion dollars in unclaimed property, reduced proposed utility rate increases, and conducted investigations to return unpaid life insurance policy proceeds to over half a million Minnesotans.

Consumer protection was his top priority as Commissioner with actions against business abuses such as in the payday lending, debt collection and bail bond industries. Rothman frequently met with seniors and their caregivers to help stop senior financial fraud and abuse.

Every day, Rothman advocated on behalf of Minnesotans to even the playing field for consumers. During his nearly seven years as Commissioner, he:

  • Built the state’s largest white collar criminal law enforcement team,
  • Passed and preserved strong consumer protection laws,
  • Advocated for health insurance reform, and
  • Stood strong for workers’ rights.

More information on Mike Rothman’s fighting record is on his campaign website:

Meet Mike

Mike Rothman grew up in the Glendale Townhomes housing projects of Minneapolis. His mother was a special education teacher and prominent union leader in the state. When she had the opportunity, the family relocated to Chaska.

Mike graduated with honors from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota Law School. He got his professional start as a clerk to Judge Gary Crippen on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He went on to work for the State Senate and has three decades of legal experience, practicing in both Minnesota and California — most recently as a partner with Winthrop & Weinstine.

In 2011, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Mike as the Commissioner of Commerce, where he oversaw Minnesota’s insurance, real estate, securities, state banking, lending, electric and gas utility, telecommunications, petroleum and other industries for nearly seven years.

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