Mike Freeman currently serves as the Hennepin County Attorney in Minnesota’s largest county. Mike grew up in a family that was very civically engaged. Mike is the son of Orville and Jane Freeman. Orville Freeman was the governor of Minnesota from 1955-1961 and was the Secretary of Agriculture in President Kennedy's cabinet. Jane Freeman was the president of the National Girl Scout Council and worked with the United Nations and UNICEF. Mike was destined to have a passion for public service.
His elective service to the State of Minnesota began in the Minnesota State Senate representing the people from Richfield and Bloomington where he served from 1983 through 1990.
Mike has served as the Hennepin County Attorney for 19 years. In 1990, he was elected Hennepin County Attorney and served from 1991 through 1999. He did not seek re-election because he was the DFL-endorsed candidate from Minnesota Governor. He was elected again in 2006, 2010 and 2014 by wide margains. Mike is excited to be running for re-election.
As County Attorney, Mike serves as the chief executive of Minnesota’s largest public law office, where he oversees the work of over 400 employees, with a budget of $50 million. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office issues 7,000 adult felony and 10,000 juvenile criminal complaints each year. The office also provides complete civil representation to Hennepin County with its 8,000 employees and almost $2 billion budget.
Mike’s mission is all about seeking justice, improving public safety and providing innovative and ethical civil representation to the County Board of Commissioners. He implements innovative and creative solutions to crime violence and threats to public safety. Initiatives such as the Domestic Abuse Service Center, Gun Collection Programs, targeted prosecution of both white collar, and violent crimes and the [email protected] program to curb truancy are well known.
Under the leadership of County Attorney Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office has won a plethora of awards. In 2017, the National Association of Counties awarded the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office the Achievement Award for the efforts of its Juvenile Prosecution Division in working with at risk youth to keep them out of the juvenile justice system. In 2016, Mike received the Award of Excellence from the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. Mike has been instrumental in implementing multiple specialty courts in Hennepin County. Mike is currently the President of the National District Attorneys Association.
Mike received a B.A. from Rutgers University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Mike is happily married to Kate McCarthy Freeman. Mike has five children, a dog, two grandchildren and lives in South Minneapolis. When Mike is not working, he likes to spend his time with family and friends and, if he is lucky, fishing.