John J. Choi, Ramsey County Attorney
John Choi immigrated to St. Paul at the age of three with his parents from South Korea. His family started their American experience in low income housing in Saint Paul. John graduated from St. Thomas Academy High School, Marquette University and Hamline University School of Law, and was a Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota.
Following law school, John was in private practice and then went on to become the Saint Paul City Attorney. Throughout his tenure, John was innovative in making reforms and finding efficiencies in the criminal justice system. John returned to private practice prior to being elected Ramsey County Attorney.
Elected in 2011, John became the Ramsey County Attorney. Since then, he has become a national leader in the fight against sex trafficking. His innovative approach to holding abusers accountable, while working collaboratively with advocacy agencies to help victims, has transformed the way government intervenes in domestic violence and sex trafficking situations. In addition, John has advanced reforms in many other areas, including using GPS technology to keep victims safe in domestic violence situations, preventing scrap metal and auto theft, making it possible to reunite families of teens languishing in the foster care system and combating fraud and elder abuse.
As Ramsey County Attorney, John is working hard to continue to reform the criminal justice system and keep our community safe. He believes we must do everything we can to prevent crime from happening, effectively intervene in the lives of kids who get into trouble, and find innovative ways to prevent criminals from reoffending - all while doing everything we can to keep victims safe.