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<ong>Carleton alum named Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce by Dayton 

Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Michael Rothman ‘84, as Commissioner of Commerce for the State of Minnesota.

Currently a shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Rothman will depart the firm and begin this new position January 12, 2011.

Rothman has been a shareholder with Winthrop & Weinstine since 2002. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced law in California, and served as a staff member for the Minnesota Senate and as a law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Law.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s mission is to ensure equitable commercial and financial transactions and reliable utility services by: regulating and licensing business activity in more than 20 industries; investigating and resolving consumer complaints; advocating the public’s interest before the Public Utilities Commission; and administering various state programs.

Rothman received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law and his B.A. in political science from Carleton in 1984. He resides in Minnetonka, Minn., with his wife Shari Latz Rothman, a professional harpist, and their three children.

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