Governor-elect Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan today announced Tony Lourey as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
Tony Lourey, 51, was raised in the small town of Kerrick in Greater Minnesota, where he spent most of his adult life as a community leader. Tony worked as a public policy consultant for 20 years, assisting county and state governments nationwide in finding ways to finance health and human services programs. He remained committed to local community by serving as a Kerrick Township Supervisor for nine years. Tony was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006 and quickly became a leading voice in health and human services as the Chair of the Health and Human Finance committee from 2013 to 2016. Tony played a central role in Minnesota’s efforts to expand health care coverage, compliance with the Affordable Care Act, and improvements upon the bipartisan success of MinnesotaCare. In addition to his senatorial and farming duties, Tony teaches at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and serves as a volunteer lawyer for children in the foster care system.
Tony received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the then-William Mitchell College of Law, where he focused on labor law and public policy. He has been married to his wife, Marlana, for 27 years, and together they have three adult children.