Mike Rothman files to run as Attorney General of Minnesota

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 stemming from seven years in Governor Mark Dayton’s Cabinet leading the state Commerce Department, and 30 years as an attorney. Mike will continue to safeguard Minnesotans, fight fraudulent business practices, and help protect seniors and all Minnesotans from financial abuse.

In early November, Rothman stepped down from his Cabinet position to run for Attorney General with the assumption that Attorney General Lori Swanson is seeking higher office. Rothman is offering his candidacy to ensure that Minnesotans have a strong advocate ready to lead in the role of Attorney General.

“I am running to be the people’s Attorney General, and to stand strong for Minnesota, fight for equal justice for all, and safeguard our seniors and vulnerable citizens,” said Rothman. “Above all, I will advocate for the people of Minnesota, demand we are treated fairly, and send a loud message to those who perpetrate fraud and crimes: 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, the Commerce Department returned and saved Minnesota consumers over a billion dollars in unclaimed property, reduced hundreds of millions of dollars in 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 worked hard 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 defended strong consumer protection laws,
  • Advocated for seniors and vulnerable adults, and
  • Stood strong for workers’ rights.

More information on Mike Rothman’s fighting record is on his campaign website: http://mikerothmanformn.com/.

Meet Mike

Mike Rothman spent his early years living in the Glendale Townhomes housing projects of Minneapolis. His mother was a special education teacher and active union leader in the state. Eventually, the family moved to their first home in Chaska, which was a much smaller and more rural town than it is today.

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.