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Dayton adviser Emily Johnson Piper is named Human Services commissioner

Emily Johnson Piper
Emily Johnson Piper

Emily Johnson Piper is the new Minnesota commissioner of Human Services. She has been the general counsel and a senior adviser in Gov. Mark Dayton’s office.

She replaces Lucinda Jesson, who was appointed Friday to the state Court of Appeals.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith made the announcement today; Gov. Dayton is having back surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

Johnson Piper had previously been deputy commissioner of the state Commerce Department. She is the daughter of Minneapolis City Council President Barb Johnson and the granddaughter of the late Minneapolis Council President Alice Rainville.

Chuck Johnson, who has been deputy DHS commissioner under Jesson, will stay on as deputy to Johnson Piper.

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