Mike Rothman is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce (Department). 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 and real estate sector. It also has a major role in overseeing the electric, natural gas and telephone sectors, energy conservation and efficiency, and administering low-income energy programs. Additionally, the Department regulates the accuracy of scales and pumps used for fuel and goods transactions in Minnesota’s economy.
Rothman served on the Executive (EX) Committee (2014–2015), chaired the Midwest Zone (2015) and currently serves on various committees of the NAIC. He is also the president-elect of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).
Rothman has been recognized for his focus on building financial capability in Minnesotans from kindergarten to retirement. He received the 2014 Desjardins Financial Education Award for State Government Policymakers from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the 2014 Champions of Retirement Security Award from the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI).
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.