Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
Chair - Stephen Swanson
Stephen D. Swanson was appointed to the Board in July of 2017 by Governor Dayton for a term ending in January of 2020, but because no appointment was made to replace him, Mr. Swanson continued to serve until July 1, of 2020. In August of 2020, Governor Walz reappointed Mr. Swanson to a term ending in January of 2023. He occupies an unrestricted Board position and supports the DFL party. Mr. Swanson is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and holds a Master of Laws degree from New York University. Following a career as an attorney with Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, Inc. Mr. Swanson served as a Hennepin County District Court Judge from July of 1989 to February of 2007 and as a Senior Judge from January of 2009 to April of 2014. He served as a temporary administrative law judge with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings from May 2014 to May 2017. Mr. Swanson has served as an international judge on the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked in USAID-sponsored rule of law projects in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Lebanon. Mr. Swanson was employed as a half-time housing attorney with the Volunteer Lawyers Network. Mr. Swanson is presently an arbitrator for the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services on the Peace Officer Grievance Arbitration Roster.
Vice Chair - Faris Rashid
Faris Rashid was appointed to the Board in August of 2020 by Governor Walz. Mr. Rashid was appointed again in July of 2021 for a term ending in January of 2023. He fills a Board position requiring a member who has not been a public official, held any political party office other than precinct delegate, or been elected to public office for which party designation is required by statute in the three years preceding the member’s appointment to the Board. Mr. Rashid is a trial lawyer and partner at Greene Espel PLLP with a focus on technology, intellectual property, and trade-secrets disputes. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Margaret (Peggy) Leppik was appointed to the Board in May of 2015 by Governor Dayton. Ms. Leppik was appointed again in June of 2017. Ms. Leppik was appointed again in August of 2020 and in July of 2021 for a term ending in January of 2024. She fills a Board position requiring a former Republican legislator. Ms. Leppik served as a state representative from 1991-2003 where she chaired the Higher Education Finance Committee. She served on the Metropolitan Council from 2003-2011 where she was vice chair for three years and chaired the Environmental Committee. A graduate of Smith College, Ms. Leppik is an active volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations.
Daniel N. Rosen
Daniel N. Rosen was appointed to the Board in July of 2014 by Governor Dayton. Mr. Rosen was appointed again in January of 2018 for a term ending in January of 2022. He fills a Board position requiring a member who has not been a public official, held any political party office other than precinct delegate, or been elected to public office for which party designation is required by statute in the three years preceding the member's appointment to the Board. A lawyer in Minneapolis, Mr. Rosen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and the lead Minnesota partner of the Kluger Kaplan law firm, where he practices in the field of business and real estate litigation. Prior to law school Mr. Rosen was as an officer in the United States Navy and served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Carol Flynn was appointed to the Board in February of 2015 by Governor Dayton. Ms. Flynn was appointed again in August of 2020 for a term ending in January of 2023. She fills a Board position requiring a former DFL legislator. Ms. Flynn served as a state senator from 1990-2000 where she was Majority Whip and Chaired the Judiciary and Transportation Committees. She studied at the University of Minnesota. A retired public employee, she volunteers on the Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization and as Vice President of the Loring Green West Association Board.
George Soule was appointed to the Board in March of 2021 by Governor Walz for a term ending in January of 2025. He occupies an unrestricted Board position and does not have a political party affiliation. Mr. Soule is a trial lawyer and founding partner of Soule & Stull LLC in Minneapolis. He also serves as a tribal court of appeals judge for five Minnesota tribes, including the White Earth Nation, where he is a member. Mr. Soule is a former Chair of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection and serves on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and Harvard Law School.