Jessica Looman is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. She was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in November 2017.
As Commissioner, Looman’s priorities include fair treatment of Minnesota consumers, advancing the clean energy economy, and ensuring the fair, efficient, and proper regulation of more than 20 Minnesota industries.
The Department regulates Minnesota’s insurance industry, financial institutions, securities and real estate sector. It also has a major role in overseeing the electric, natural gas and telephone sectors, energy conservation and efficiency, and administering low-income energy programs. Additionally, the Department regulates the accuracy of scales and pumps used for fuel and goods transactions in Minnesota’s economy.
Prior to her appointment as Commerce Commissioner, Looman served as Deputy Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). During her tenure at DLI, Looman led efforts to increase the Department’s efficiency and improve the State of Minnesota’s services for workers and businesses. Innovative reforms led by Looman have reduced costs for more than 110,000 construction permits and 120,000 professional licenses issued by the Department every year. She has also engaged stakeholders to address technical, regulatory and policy issues to help protect and grow Minnesota’s economy.
Prior to her service at DLI, Jessica Looman served as General Counsel for the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota – an 11,000-member labor organization representing workers in the construction industry. In that role, Looman focused on organizational development, wages, contract enforcement, and collective bargaining. She also helped with the Laborers Union apprenticeship program, unemployment insurance, labor standards, workforce diversity, and other workplace issues.
Looman is a graduate of George Washington University (B.A. in political science) and the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.). She lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two sons.