Mike Rothman is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. He was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in January 2011.
As Commissioner, Rothman oversees the Department’s broad jurisdiction of more than 20 regulated industries. Rothman’s top priorities include consumer protection, a clean energy future, and strong financial and energy sectors for Minnesota’s economy.
The Department regulates Minnesota’s insurance industry, financial institutions, securities, real estate sector, and has a major role in overseeing the electric, natural gas and telephone sectors, energy conservation and efficiency, and administering low-income energy programs. The Department also regulates the accuracy of scales and pumps used for fuel and goods transactions in Minnesota’s economy.
Rothman serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and is the Treasurer and Board Member of the North American Securities Administrators Association.
Rothman has been recognized for his focus on building financial capability in Minnesotans from kindergarten to retirement, receiving the 2014 Desjardins Financial Education Award for State Government Policymakers from the Credit Union National Association, and the 2014 Champions of Retirement Security Award from the Insured Retirement Institute.
Commissioner Rothman graduated with honors from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota Law School, later teaching there as an adjunct professor. He began his career clerking for the Minnesota Court of Appeals, worked for the State Senate, and practiced law in Minnesota and California, most recently as a partner with Winthrop & Weinstine.
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Tim Jahnke serves as the Commerce Department’s Director of Administrative Services. Jahnke, who previously served as the Department’s Chief Financial Officer, retains his responsibilities as CFO. He is also responsible for managing the administrative and human resources functions of the Commerce Department, as well as overseeing the Weights and Measures and Petrofund units.
Jahnke has served the financial management division of the Commerce Department since 2005. Prior to joining the Department, Jahnke served as an executive budget officer for Minnesota Management and Budget where he assisted state agencies in preparing operating and capital budget requests for inclusion in the Governor’s budget. He has also served in accounting roles at the Departments of Administration, Transportation, and the Board of Animal Health.
Jahnke is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.