Veteran state Senate lawyer Wattson is Dayton’s counsel

Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has named Peter Wattson as his general counsel.

The Strib says Wattson has been a lawyer for the state Senate since 1971 and calls him an expert on legislative rules, elections and redistricting, noting that he’s “treated as the final word on legislative legal issues. Wattson’s appointment is hardly an outside-the-box pick for Democratic Dayton but does net him a rarely questioned legal expert.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Paul Landskroener on 12/20/2010 - 10:33 am.

    Someone should write the story of how and why the governor has a general counsel, anyway. In the days prior to Arne Carlson, I believe, the attorney general (or a lawyer from the AG’s office) played that role, as the AGO does — or did — to most state agencies.

  2. Submitted by John Heintz on 12/20/2010 - 10:34 am.

    Pretty sure the person you’re referring to is Peter Wattson.

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