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April 26, 2004

Minnesota Senator, Law Alumnus Coleman To Speak At Graduation

Minnesota Senator and UI College of Law alumnus Norm Coleman will deliver the commencement address to the law school's Class of 2004 on Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. in Hancher Auditorium.

Since graduating from the UI law school in 1976, Coleman has worked in the Minnesota attorney general's office, served two terms as mayor of St. Paul and was elected the state's junior senator in 2002.

"Senator Coleman has led a distinguished life of public service in Minnesota since graduating from our law school," said N. William Hines, dean of the college of law. "His election twice as St. Paul mayor, his near election as governor and his recent election to the U.S. Senate are testimony to his success as a political leader. We eagerly look forward to hearing the wise advice he will share with this year's law graduates."

Hines, who is retiring as dean June 30, will also deliver a dean's message during the ceremony for the 28th and final time.

Coleman was elected mayor of St. Paul in 1993 as a Democrat and re-elected in 1997 as a Republican. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1998, coming in second place in a three-way race to independent Jesse Ventura. He was elected to the Senate in 2002 after one of the state's most traumatic and tragic episodes, when his opponent, the Democratic incumbent Paul Wellstone, died in a plane crash less than two weeks before the election. He was replaced on the ticket by former vice president and Minnesota political legend Walter Mondale. After a whirlwind campaign, Coleman pulled out a narrow victory.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Coleman received his B.A. degree from Hofstra University.

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