Mark Dayton

The 40th governor of Minnesota. He is a great-grandson of businessman George Dayton, the founder of Dayton's, which became Target Corp. He was Minnesota's Democratic U.S. senator from 2001 to 2007 and state auditor from 1991 to 1995.

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Minnesota State Auditor 1991-95

U.S. Senator 2001-07


Divorced, two sons


Blake School, Yale University



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




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Minnesota Poll finds healthy 54 percent approval rating for Dayton

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 26 2015 - 9:58 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton, a few months into his second term and in the thick of legislative session politics, still has Minnesotans behind him, a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found.With the support of 54...

Dayton lists 600 road, bridge projects in $6 billion proposal

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 17 2015 - 11:56 PM

More than 2,200 miles of state roads and 330 bridges would be repaired, replaced or expanded over the next decade in a controversial transportation funding plan Gov. Mark Dayton proposed Tuesday.The...

Dayton budget blueprint earmarks most of state spending increase for education

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 2 2015 - 10:27 AM

Minnesota schools and young families win big under the $42 billion budget proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday, with most new spending going to education.The budget, which sets Dayton’s main...

Gov. Mark Dayton: Standing by his record

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 19 2014 - 8:28 AM

At a labor convention in a St. Paul hotel this fall, Gov. Mark Dayton sounded boastful as he rattled off the accomplishments of his first term. From his signature income tax hike on the rich, to...

With an economy on the upswing, Dayton is tough target

ARTICLE Updated: Aug 24 2014 - 6:03 AM

Minnesota Republicans hoping to seize control of the governor’s residence have a problem when it comes to the economy: The news is too good.With business on the upswing and a state unemployment...

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