Warren Spannaus

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Warren Spannaus
26th Attorney General of Minnesota
In office
January 4, 1971 – January 3, 1983
GovernorWendell R. Anderson
Rudy Perpich
Al Quie
Preceded byDouglas M. Head
Succeeded bySkip Humphrey
Personal details
Warren Richard Spannaus

(1930-12-05)December 5, 1930
St. Paul, Minnesota
DiedNovember 27, 2017(2017-11-27) (aged 86)
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Political partyDemocratic-Farmer-Labor
SpouseMarjorie Clarkson

Warren Richard Spannaus (December 5, 1930 – November 27, 2017) was an American politician from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and the Attorney General of Minnesota from 1971 until 1983.[1] Spannaus graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1963.[2] He was elected attorney general in 1970 and assumed office on January 4, 1971. Spannaus was re-elected to the position twice, in 1974 and 1978, serving from 1971 to 1983. At the 1980 Democratic National Convention He won two votes for the presidential nomination In 1982, he ran for Governor of Minnesota as the DFL-endorsed candidate but lost the primary election to former DFL Governor Rudy Perpich, who went on to win the general election. Spannaus joined the Minneapolis-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney.[3] Spannaus married Marjorie Clarkson and had three children.


  1. ^ Who's who in American Law. November 1977. ISBN 9780837935010.
  2. ^ Corrine Charais, Political Action Among Alumni, Perspectives, Spring 2007 (page 18).
  3. ^ Larry Splett, Former Iowa Governor Thomas J. Vilsack Joins Dorsey & Whitney, April 12, 2007.
Legal offices
Preceded by Minnesota Attorney General
1971 – 1983
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Wayne H. Olson
Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Minnesota
1970, 1974, 1978
Succeeded by
Preceded by Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate,
Minnesota DFL State Convention

Succeeded by