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Tom DiPasquale to Retire; Minnesota Seeks New Executive Director

MRC Press Release

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (November 22, 2019) –Tom DiPasquale, Executive Director of the Minnesota Racing Commission since 2013, announced his intention to step down in February 2020.

“It’s been an honor to serve in this capacity in the Dayton and Walz Administrations. During this period, the Commission, through the hard work of staff and with the support of industry stakeholders and government leaders, achieved significant reforms that have enhanced the safety and integrity of racing in Minnesota and helped grow the industry,” DiPasquale said.


The Commission gained passage of three reform bills and updated or eliminated numerous obsolete rules during DiPasquale’s tenure. Legislative approval of advanced deposit wagering in 2016, shepherded by DiPasquale, brought increased revenues to owners, breeders, racetracks and the Commission. The same legislation provided increased funding to support responsible aftercare programs for retired race horses.

Notably, the Commission completed an economic impact study in 2016, the first of its kind since 1990, which showed the wide-ranging and beneficial impact of the racing and breeding industry throughout Minnesota’s diverse economy. “The industry is deserving of ongoing, and even increasing, support in order to create jobs and drive economic growth,” said DiPasquale.

“Tom has earned another shot at retirement,” quipped Chairman Jim Lane, a good-natured reference to DiPasquale’s retirement as assistant general counsel at 3M Company prior to his appointment to the Commission in 2013. Lane added, “On behalf of all Commission members and staff, we wish Tom and his wife Rosanne good health and happiness in the months and years ahead. He leaves with our profound thanks for a job well done.”

The search for DiPasquale’s successor has begun. Applicants may apply via and enter keyword 37117.

About the Minnesota Racing Commission

The Minnesota Racing Commission operates in the public interest to ensure the integrity of horse racing and card playing, to oversee the proper distribution of funds back into the industry, and to provide for the safety and welfare of the human and equine participants. The Commission works to promote the horse racing and breeding industry in Minnesota in order to provide economic stimulus, offer residents and visitors an exciting entertainment option, and support agriculture and rural agribusiness. Visit for more information.