Dayton picks Wattson as his attorney

Long-time Minnesota Senate attorney Peter Wattson will be Mark Dayton’s general counsel when he becomes governor Jan. 3.

Wattson is nationally known as a redistricting expert, something that will come in handy next year as legislators and Dayton redraw legislative and congressional district lines.

“His experience will serve our state well, as we address its significant fiscal challenges,” Dayton said. “Mr. Wattson has worked for the Senate Finance Committee since 1975 and has extensive experience drafting appropriations and bonding bills.”

Wattson began his Senate work in 1971.

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