About Lori Swanson
Lori Swanson defies easy labels.
She and her husband live in the Twin Cities suburb of Eagan, but she
is proud of her family's roots in northern Minnesota. She likes to tell of her
mother walking along the backroads near Orr as a young girl, carrying a shot gun
to scare away the bears and wolves. And of her childhood visits to her
grandmothers in Duluth, where her father was born and raised.
Lori is the state's "chief legal officer" -- but she believes that
government has a tendency to intrude too much in our personal lives and that it
shouldn't try to run our lives.
Minnesota's first female Attorney General, Lori likes to go
trapshooting for fun and spend time outdoors on Minnesota's North Shore. (So
does their retriever, Taffy!)
Lori believes that the entrepreneurial ingenuity of America is the best
job-creator the world has ever seen, but she also believes that businesses
should take responsibility for their actions and should be held accountable when
Lori holds an elected office dominated by men who mostly had
backgrounds in politics. In contrast, Lori is one of ten female Attorneys
General in the country. She is a "lawyer's lawyer," and Attorney General is
her first elected position.
Lori has been repeatedly recognized nationally for her work. The
national publication Lawyers USA named Lori as one of the top 10
attorneys in America in 2009. The publication said this of Lori's work shutting
down a national arbitration company that stacked the deck against consumers:
"Consumer attorneys hailed Swanson's work as the finest piece of lawyering in
consumer practice in years…." In 2012, the national publication
HealthLeaders named Lori as one of "20 Americans making a
difference in health care." The National Consumer Law Center gave Lori
the Robert Drinan "Champion of Justice" Award (an award shared by Congressman
John Lewis for his civil rights work) for her nationally-recognized consumer
protection work, writing: "Attorney General Swanson has been a tireless champion
for consumers in America, whether leading the charge against predatory mortgage
lending, protecting seniors from marketing abuses, or defending our basic
American right to have credit card disputes resolved impartially and not through
a stacked deck." The Drum Major Institute of New York designated Lori's
predatory mortgage legislation of 2007 as one of the country's ten best public
policies. The New York Times called the predatory lending legislation drafted by
Lori's work group "an excellent example of how to strengthen protections for
borrowers…." And Lori earned the Pro Patria Award for her support of
members of the National Guard and Reserves. Lutheran Social Service of
Minnesota gave Lori the Financial Advocacy Award in 2012 for
her work to improve economic justice for financially vulnerable families.
Lori graduated with distinction from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison and magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of
Law in St. Paul. In 2014, the School of Journalism at UW-Madison
recognized Lori's accomplishments by giving her the Distinguished
Lori Swanson. Results. That Touch Lives.