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Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announces addition to leadership team

December 13, 2012


For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL, MN – Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced an addition to the Minnesota Department of Commerce leadership team.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Leppink as Assistant Commissioner of Enforcement for the Commerce Department,” said Commissioner Mike Rothman.  “With her strong commitment to public service, having served in leadership positions at both the state and federal levels, Nancy will lead our enforcement staff to protect consumers and ensure fairness in Minnesota's regulated markets.”

Assistant Commissioner of Enforcement Nancy Leppink
Nancy Leppink will serve as the Assistant Commissioner of Enforcement.  In her role, Leppink will oversee the Department’s Enforcement Division, including the Enforcement Investigations, Enforcement Examinations, Insurance Fraud, and Securities Units.

Most recently, Assistant Commissioner Leppink served as the Head of the Wage and Hour Division for the United States Department of Labor. She was appointed by President Barack Obama and served under the leadership of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. In that role, she led efforts to reinvigorate the Wage and Hour Division as an effective and efficient enforcement agency by rebuilding capacity, re-engineering enforcement strategies, and refocusing resources on the most vulnerable populations protected by the Wage and Hour Division. As part of her work, Assistant Commissioner Leppink led the development of federal labor standards policy, and administered and enforced federal labor laws and regulations. Prior to her service at the Department of Labor, Leppink, a Minnesota native, worked as the General Counsel and Director of Legal Services at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and as an Assistant Attorney General representing DLI and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in administrative and civil litigation.

Leppink received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of Minnesota School of Law.