Gov. Mark Dayton


Jan 26, 1947

Birth State


Yale University

130 State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone: 651/201-3400  Fax: 651/797-1850

Governor’s Website       State Website


Mark Dayton was sworn in as governor of Minnesota on January 3, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 5, 2015.

Dayton has served Minnesota for the past 34 years: first as commissioner of the Departments of Economic Development and of Energy and Economic Development.

From 1991 to 1995, Dayton served as Minnesota’s state auditor. He served Minnesota as United States Senator from 2001 to 2007.

Dayton began his career teaching science in a New York City public school, calling it ‘the toughest job I’ve ever had.’ Because of the terrible injustice he saw, he decided to devote his life to improving social equality and economic opportunity for all Americans.

Dayton graduated, cum laude, from Yale University.


Chief of Staff
Joanna Dornfeld

Legal Counsel
Kim Slay Holmes

Communications Director/Media Contact
Bob Hume

Governor’s Scheduler
Katie Pauly

Washington Representative
Merone Melekin

Former Governors

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