Phone: (651) 284-5010 or 1-800-342-5354
Fax: (651) 284-5720
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 284-5010
Ken Peterson was named commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry by Governor Mark Dayton in December 2010. Previously, he served in the same position from 1988 to 1990. With Petersen's reappointment, Gov. Dayton noted the commissioner "brings exceptional experience and expertise back to the agency he has led before."
Peterson's chief goals as commissioner have been to enhance the department's delivery of services through more employee involvement and increased use of online communications; reduce workplace injuries through better on-the-job safety practices; and encourage better preparation of the state's work force through the apprenticeship system.
Peterson has served in other leadership positions at the state and city level.
From 1999 to 2007, he was the state's deputy attorney general for government operations and supervised attorneys representing various state government agencies. Peterson also served as deputy commissioner for utility regulation of the state Department of Public Service, as director of St. Paul's Department of Planning and Economic Development, and as chief of staff of the St. Paul mayor's office.
He has also worked in private law practice and as a college professor. He started his legal career on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota.
Peterson grew up in Osakis, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Hamline University (B.A.); George Washington University (J.D.); and Harvard University (MPA).
Jessica Looman has served as Deputy Commissioner for the department since December 2014. She is responsible for the strategic coordination of the DLI divisions to meet the agency’s objective of ensuring equitable, health and safe work and living environments for Minnesota.
Looman has been the assistant commissioner for the agency’s Construction Codes and Licensing and Labor Standards and Apprenticeship Divisions since January 2011 and continues to directly oversee these divisions.
Prior to joining DLI, she was general counsel for the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota.
Looman is a graduate of George Washington University (B.A. in political science) and from the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.).