Biography of Minnesota Attorney General
Lori Swanson was elected Attorney General of the State of Minnesota in 2006, and reelected in 2010 and 2014. She is Minnesota’s 29th Attorney General and its first female Attorney General. Attorney General Swanson has been an advocate for Minnesota citizens in areas like consumer protection, predatory lending, health care, utility rate hikes, telecommunications, public safety, and protecting senior citizens from financial fraud.
Lawyers USA named Attorney General Swanson one of the top ten attorneys in America in 2009. In 2012, the national publication "Health Leaders" magazine named Lori as one of 20 Americans who are making a difference in healthcare. The National Consumer Law Center gave her the Robert Drinan “Champion of Justice” award for her consumer protection work. She was awarded the Pro Patria Award for her support of National Guard and Reserve members deployed to active duty. She received the Financial Advocacy Award from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in 2012 for her advocacy for families in vulnerable financial situations.
Attorney General Swanson shut down the largest consumer credit arbitration company in the country after discovering that it stacked the deck against consumers and in favor of credit card companies and had hidden ties to the collection industry. Her lawsuits against insurance companies that sold inappropriate policies to senior citizens resulted in millions of dollars in refunds to the elderly. She stopped a bill collector that orchestrated the aggressive collection of money from sick and injured patients in hospital emergency rooms and took action against companies that sold phony health insurance policies, hospitals that charged unlawful interest rates, and clinics that deceptively enrolled patients in high-interest credit cards. She held utilities to account for unfair rate hike requests and unfair pricing schemes.
At the State Capitol, Lori has shepherded into law numerous legal reforms. Her office drafted and helped secure the enactment of a nationally-recognized predatory mortgage lending law (called one of the top 10 policies in America), as well as laws to protect kids from cyberbullies and online predators, to give prosecutors more tools to go after sex offenders, to protect victims of domestic abuse, and to give members of the military more consumer protections when deployed to active duty.
From 2003 to 2006, Lori served as Solicitor General for the State of Minnesota. From 1999 to 2002, she served as Deputy Attorney General. Prior to that, Lori was an attorney in private practice. Lori graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law and with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whose School of Journalism gave Lori the Distinguished Service Award in 2014. She and her husband live in Eagan.