Ken Peterson

Ken Peterson was appointed commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry by Governor Mark Dayton in December 2010. Previously, he served in the same position from 1988 to 1990. With Petersen's reappointment, Governor Dayton noted the commissioner "brings exceptional experience and expertise back to the agency he has led before."

The agency employs approximately 430 workers throughout the state and oversees the state's apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, and workers' compensation programs.

Peterson has served in other leadership roles at the state and city levels.

From 1999 to 2007, he worked at the Minnesota Attorney General's Office as its deputy attorney general for government operations and supervised attorneys representing government agencies such as the Department's of Human Services, Finance, Labor and Industry and Transportation.

Peterson also served as deputy commissioner for utility regulation of the state Department of Public Service, as director of St. Paul's Department of Planning and Economic Development, and as chief of staff in the St. Paul mayor's office.

In addition to public service, Peterson has worked in private law practice and as an associate professor of public administration at Metropolitan State University. He started his legal career on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Peterson grew up in Osakis, Minn., and is a graduate of Hamline University (B.A.); George Washington University (J.D.); and Harvard University (MPA). He lives in St. Paul with his wife and has two college-aged children.

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