The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is part of the executive branch of state government, one of 20 executive departments headed by a commissioner appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate.
Commissioner Tony Lourey leads one of the state's largest agencies. The department provides health care, economic assistance, child welfare services, services for the elderly and people with disabilities and other services for people who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs.
Governor Tim Walz named Lourey commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Jan. 3, 2019. A news release with more information about the commissioner appointment is available on the Governor’s Office website. Commissioner Lourey's bio information is online.