Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
Tony Lourey was raised in deep rural Minnesota, in the small town of Kerrick, where he still resides today. He learned about hard work growing up on a farm with a politically active family and 11 siblings. Lourey has continued to operate a small beef farm in addition to his long career in public policy.
Lourey graduated from Askov High School in Askov, Minnesota, in 1985. He went on to receive 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. Lourey worked as a public policy consultant for 20 years, assisting county and state governments nationwide in finding ways to finance their health and human services programs. Lourey also remained to committed to local community by serving as a Kerrick Township supervisor for nine years.
Lourey was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006, and upon his election, discontinued his consulting business. Lourey quickly became a leading voice in the health and human services realm and chaired the Health and Human Services Finance committee from 2013-2016. Lourey played a central role in Minnesota’s adoption of and compliance with the Affordable Care Act, and ensuring we could continue and improve upon the bipartisan success of MinnesotaCare.
In addition to his state government and farming duties, Lourey teaches a course at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and serves as a volunteer lawyer for children in the foster care system. Lourey has been happily married to his wife, Marlana, for 27 years and has three adult children: Chelsea, Stuart and Colton. In his spare time, Lourey enjoys hunting, distance running, motorcycling and building cars.