Governor’s administration

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is part of the executive branch of state government, one of 20 executive departments headed by a commissioner appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate.

Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper leads one of the state's largest agencies. The department provides health care, economic assistance, child welfare services, services for the elderly and people with disabilities and other services for people who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs.

Gov. Mark Dayton named Piper commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Dec. 7, 2015. Before coming to DHS, Piper was general counsel and deputy chief of staff in the Office of Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. A news release with more information about the commissioner appointment is available on the Governor’s Office website.

Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper’s biography (PDF)


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