Warren Spannaus

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Warren Spannaus
26th Minnesota Attorney General
In office
January 4, 1971 – January, 1983
Preceded by Douglas M. Head
Succeeded by Skip Humphrey
Personal details
Born Warren R. Spannaus
(1930-12-05) December 5, 1930 (age 87)
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Marjorie Clarkson
Profession Attorney

Warren R. Spannaus (born December 5, 1930) is an American politician from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and former Attorney General of Minnesota. Spannaus graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1963.[1] He was elected attorney general in 1970 and assumed office on January 4, 1971. Spannaus was reelected to the position twice, in 1974 and 1978, serving from 1971 to 1983. 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 and is now retired.[2] Spannaus married Marjorie Clarkson and had three children: Christine, David, and Laura. He also has seven grandchildren: Andrew, Eric, Alison, Rocco, Marco, Jack and Elizabeth.


  1. Corrine Charais, Political Action Among Alumni, Perspectives, Spring 2007 (page 18).
  2. Larry Splett, Former Iowa Governor Thomas J. Vilsack Joins Dorsey & Whitney, April 12, 2007.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Douglas M. Head
Minnesota Attorney General
1971 – 1983
Succeeded by
Skip Humphrey
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rudy Perpich
Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate,
Minnesota DFL State Convention

Succeeded by
Rudy Perpich