Burnsville, Minnesota , United States
|| November 12, 1948
Jun 27, 2015 02:50am
|Info||Attorney General Mike Hatch is well known as an outspoken advocate for consumers, senior citizens and victims of crime. The Pioneer Press has said about Hatch since taking office, "Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch hasn't backed down from anyone, taking on managed health care over treatment decisions and the insurance industry over its credit ratings when insuring drivers and property owners." |
Attorney General Hatch has proposed aggressive legislative initiatives to level the playing field between patients and HMOs; limit ATM and other bank fees; provide homeowners a bill of rights to clean up questionable market practices and ensure fair treatment; and eliminate unfair automatic renewal provisions in contracts. His criminal justice initiatives include enhanced law enforcement efforts to fight gangs, keep sex offenders off the street, protect victims of domestic abuse, and integrate statewide criminal justice computer systems to allow law enforcement to share vital information.
Prior to being elected Attorney General, Hatch was an attorney in private legal practice. He developed a national reputation for representing dozens of breast cancer and other patients who were denied access to bone marrow transplants and other lifesaving medical treatment by their HMOs and health plans. In 1995 Hatch successfully led an effort to require health plans to provide bone marrow transplant coverage for women with breast cancer.
As Minnesota's Commissioner of Commerce from 1983-1989, Hatch was the primary regulator of banks, insurance companies, securities and real estate firms doing business in Minnesota. Hatch streamlined the Commerce Department, resulting in a savings to taxpayers of nearly one-half million dollars per year. Hatch received national attention for his work in the areas of medical malpractice coverage, corporate takeovers and insurance coverage issues.
A 1966 graduate of Duluth East High School, Hatch earned a Bachelor's Degree in political science with honors from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1970. He received a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1973. Originally elected in 1998, Hatch is serving his second term as Attorney General.
Hatch and his wife Patti, an elementary school teacher raised in Keewatin, Minnesota, have three daughters.
Ran for and lost the DFL nomination in '90, '94, and won nomination for AG in 1998. Was re-elected in a landslide in 2002, despite the statewide GOP trend that year. Has received a higher percentage of the vote than any other DFL'er in a statewide race since 1994.