My name is Saraswati Singh. I'm a prosecutor in the Adult Criminal Trial Division at the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.
I handle murder, sexual assault, domestic assault, and other felony-level cases. I am a prosecutor and I'm running to be the top prosecutor in Hennepin County.
I’ve spent my life serving the community. It was instilled in me by my grandfather. He was an immigrant from India, used nonviolence to help bring democracy to India, and reported on it as a journalist. He became a diplomat for the Indian Mission at the UN.
I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in a one-bedroom apartment with my parents and three siblings. We later moved in with my grandparents in Queens and I commuted to high school in the Bronx.
I was fortunate to grow up in integrated neighborhoods and schools. My classmates were from different economic classes, races, sexualities, religions, and countries. My experiences taught me that we are all the same. We all need to eat, want a safe place to sleep, and want the chance to pursue our full potential.
While at Colgate University, I dove into progressive politics, working for then-Senator Hillary Clinton. After college, I worked for the House Rules Committee and then-Senator Joe Biden, going out to Iowa for his presidential campaign. I continued to develop my leadership and coalition-building skills as manager of a government affairs department. I worked with the Senate Judiciary Committee on the confirmation of Justice Elena Kagan.
I moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude with a concentration in criminal justice. I fell in love with Minnesota—the Twin Cities, the Mississippi River, long weekends at the lake. It felt like home. My siblings even moved out here to join me.
I dove into getting criminal and civil legal experience in Minnesota. I managed a civil rights case load for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis. I gained courtroom experience with two federal judges. I worked with Judge Jay M. Quam in Hennepin County District Court on violent crime cases. At the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, I worked in the Public Safety Division, traveling to 62 counties on civil and criminal cases. Currently, I am a prosecutor for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office with John Choi, the first Korean American chief prosecutor in the country.
I am a leader in the Minnesota community. I served four terms as Co-President of the progressive Minnesota Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. I received a National leadership award for my work. I was appointed by Governor Tim Walz to the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans, where I was elected to the Executive Committee. I am also a Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association and on the DFL Lawyers Committee. I volunteer at the Simpson homeless shelter. I was nominated by my colleagues and received the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office Public Service award for leading difficult conversations on race and the law within the office after George Floyd was murdered.
We face a historic time, which means we need authentic public leaders who are willing to work hard with the community to reach a higher goal: justice.
To make the kind of durable, sustainable change our community needs, we need to nonviolently advocate with our community and stakeholders across Hennepin County. I believe the Hennepin County Attorney's Office can and will be a leader in helping move toward a more equitable, peaceful community.
My family taught me that it is important to do the right thing, that character is important, and that we must fight for justice, even when it is hard. That is how a community flourishes.I’ve spent my life serving the community I love, using my legal expertise and collaborative leadership to make progressive change. Our problems are multifaceted. We need a leader who has the experience and progressive values to solve them.
- Prosecutor, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Adult Criminal Division
- Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Public Safety Division
- Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney’s Office - Minneapolis, Civil Division
- Law Clerk, Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay M. Quam
- Bridge Fellow, U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota Judge Susan R. Nelson
- Judicial Extern, U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota Chief Judge John Tunheim
- Legal Intern, Senator Ted Kaufman, Judiciary Committee
- Manager of Government Affairs, American Moving & Storage Association
- Field Organizer, Biden for President
- Intern, House Rules Committee
- Intern, Senator Hillary Clinton
- Co-President, American Constitution Society, Minnesota Lawyer Chapter
- Vice Chair, Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans
- Committee Member, DFL Lawyers Committee
- Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member, Minnesota County Attorneys Association
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
- Treasurer, National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association - MN Chapter
- Mentor, Everyone Wins Reading Program
- Volunteer, Simpson Housing Services
- American Constitution Society National Leadership Award
- Ramsey County Attorney’s Office Public Service Award
- Ramsey County Attorney's Office Attorney IV Award
- University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude, concentration in criminal justice
- Colgate University
- Bronx High School of Science