The 2003 DeHaan Lecture was given by
Hubert H. Humphrey III
Senior Vice President, GCI Tunheim
Opening Remarks by
MPH, Executive Director
Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Rollins School of Public Health
DeHaan Lecture On Health Promotion And Education Slated For April 22
At GCI Tunheim Hubert H. "Skip" Humphrey III provides strategic public affairs counsel to a variety of business, nonprofit and government clients. In addition, Humphrey serves as a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology.
Humphrey was elected Minnesota Attorney General in 1982 and was re-elected with the highest vote totals in the state in 1986, 1990 and 1994. Humphrey, who served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General in 1993 and 1994, has been recognized nationally for his accomplishments as an anti-crime activist, watchdog for taxpayers' interests, children's advocate, environmental leader, and consumer protector.
A long time advocate for non-smoking issues, Humphrey was the first attorney general in the nation to bring an antitrust and consumer fraud lawsuit against the tobacco industry. In May 1998, after 15 weeks of trial, Humphrey reached a landmark settlement of the Minnesota litigation. The settlement made public, for the first time, millions of pages of long-secret tobacco documents. It also ended the use of tobacco billboards and branded merchandise in Minnesota, banned the paid placement of tobacco products in all U.S. films, and imposed the first-ever injunction against marketing aimed at youth. In addition, the settlement entrusted $200 million to a new public health foundation to promote smoking cessation and research on smoking and health, and will result in payments of approximately $6 billion to the State of Minnesota over the next 25 years. In 1999, Humphrey was awarded the Tobacco Free World Prize by the World Health Organization for his efforts.
Other career highlights include receiving the Policymaker of the Year award from the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting, developing the most comprehensive child support initiative in the state, establishing one of the first DNA labs in the nation to assist in fighting crime, and being named "Newsmaker of the Year" by the Minnesota Women's Press. For his work on consumer protection, Humphrey received the National Consumers League Trumpeter Award, as well as the Consumer Federation of America's Philip Hart Public Service Award. He has also been honored with the American Diabetes Association Minnesota Health Award.
Humphrey has served as chair of the Minnesota Drug Advisory Council, the national board of directors of DARE America, and Minnesota Dare, Inc. In addition, he was the founder of the Partnership for a Drug Free Minnesota. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Bio-Ethics at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, he serves on the national board of Common Cause.
Prior to his election as Attorney General, Humphrey served as a State Senator for 10 years, practiced law privately in Minneapolis for 12 years and served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Washington, D.C. Humphrey holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School and a bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C.