Minneapolis, MN – November 10, 2010
. Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is pleased to confirm that Tom Hanson, the current Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), will be joining the firm effective December 2, 2010. Tom has held the position of Commissioner since December of 2006, when Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed him Commissioner of Finance. He will be joining Winthrop & Weinstine’s Legislative & Regulatory
practice group advising clients of the firm in their dealings with federal, state and local governments.
Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Tom served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs for Governor Tim Pawlenty from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that he held several positions with the Minnesota House of Representatives including the position of Legislative Director to the Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2003. He also served in Washington DC from 1985 to 1991 on the staff of Congressman Arlan Stangeland (R, MN).
During Tom’s tenure at MMB, Minnesota retained its position in the elite tier of AAA rated states, maintaining that bond rating from two of the three bond rating agencies. He successfully merged the Departments of Finance and Employee Relations, creating MMB, and led the effort to replace Minnesota’s aging accounting and procurement technology system.
“Tom will be a terrific addition to the firm. His thorough knowledge of legislative and regulatory law and his many key roles in the Executive and Legislative branches of Minnesota government make him an extraordinarily valuable resource for our firm and our clients," said Scott Dongoske
, firm president.
Tom is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead and the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. He currently resides in Maple Grove with his wife, Kris and their son, Sam.
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