Samuel Clark, a Klobuchar aide, named new St. Paul city attorney

Samuel Clark, an adviser to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, is the new St. Paul City Attorney.

He succeeds Sara Grewing, who was named a Ramsey County judge in December by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Clark has been with Klobuchar as counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now the state director of her Minnesota office.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman appointed Clark to the city attorney job and said:

“In addition to knowing the law, the City Attorney must act as a chief advisor and manage an office of talented public lawyers and staff working for the City. Samuel Clark has proven experience doing all three.”

According to the mayor’s office:

Clark received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and obtained his law degree from Yale Law School. He has spent his career entrenched in local government and public affairs. He clerked for Chief Judge Michael J. Davis in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and served as an attorney at Greene Espel P.L.L.P., where he successfully defended municipalities in civil litigation in both state and federal courts.

Klobuchar weighed in on the appointment, too:

“Samuel is a smart and dedicated public servant with exceptional leadership skills. … Samuel’s intelligence and strong legal background made him an invaluable resource and asset to my office. Most of all, it is his passion for serving others and ability to motivate and inspire those around him that truly sets him apart.”

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