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Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly

Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly became commissioner in January 2015 after joining the department as deputy commissioner in the spring of 2014. As commissioner, she oversees a department with more than 1,500 employees that manages over 30 different taxes and collects over $20.5 billion annually. 

Prior to joining Revenue, she served as Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) where she led the department’s work of providing economic security for transitioning workers and workforce training and readiness. 

Bauerly has extensive experience in law, management, and public policy. She has served in key leadership and management roles including as a Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission from 2008-2013, and as Chair of the agency in 2011. She also worked in the United States Senate developing and implementing a broad policy agenda that included working with the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

She has also worked in private practice in both Minnesota and Washington, D.C., most recently as a lawyer at Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis. Bauerly earned a B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Environmental and Public Affairs.