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.

key info

Birthplace:

Minneapolis

Age:

67

Party Affiliation:

DFL

Current Office:

Governor

Current Term:

2011-2015

Area Served:

Minnesota

Previous Offices:

Minnesota State Auditor 1991-95

U.S. Senator 2001-07

Family:

Divorced, two sons

School:

Blake School, Yale University

Salary:

$120,303

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

651-201-3400

Online:

View Website

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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...

Candidates flock to Minnesota State Fair

BLOG POST Updated: Aug 21 2014 - 9:38 AM

Today marks the beginning of the Minnesota State Fair, a perennial stop for candidates to shake lots of hands, pitch their platforms and feast on fatty foods.Today at noon, Gov. Mark Dayton will sit...

Candidates choosy when it comes to debates

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 27 2014 - 6:44 AM

The grumbling was evident last week when U.S. Sen. Al Franken turned down an invitation by Minnesota Public Radio to debate his Republican and Independence Party challengers at the Minnesota State...

Gov. Mark Dayton is starting to sound like candidate Dayton

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 24 2014 - 5:23 AM

VIRGINIA, Minn. – DFL Gov. Mark Dayton pledged unshakable support for embattled iron miners at a rally Monday, the latest stop in an aggressive new travel schedule that marks a turning point in...

Minnesota DFL governor is raising funds faster than GOP rivals

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 18 2014 - 9:27 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton is outpacing his GOP rivals and now has nearly twice as much cash on hand as all four Republican gubernatorial candidates put together, according to campaign-finance reports released...

First Lady applauds Minnesotan as White House touts efforts to end veteran homelessness

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 4 2014 - 3:54 PM

Amid a national uproar over the failings of federal health-care programs for veterans, First Lady Michelle Obama shined the spotlight Wednesday on Doran Hocker, a Minnesota man working to reduce...

Evolving Dayton feels a libertarian impulse

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 3 2014 - 6:07 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton swept into office nearly four years ago with the stamp of a liberal determined to restore financial stability to the state through an income tax hike on high earners and by meting...

Minn. Gov. Dayton notes accomplishments, but 'work left to do'

ARTICLE Updated: May 1 2014 - 6:36 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton gave a forceful defense of his economic and job-creation efforts Wednesday night, prodding legislators to invest more in education and transportation while spending ambitiously on...

Dayton's recovery from surgery puts campaign load on running mate

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 20 2014 - 8:15 AM

WILLMAR, Minn.With her boss back in St. Paul recuperating from hip surgery, Tina Smith is being thrust front and center in Gov. Mark Dayton’s re-election effort.Dayton’s DFL running mate...

April 9: Dayton calls Minneapolis tunnels for Southwest LRT the 'only option'

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 12 2014 - 8:54 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday said a plan to run the Southwest Corridor through tunnels in the Kenilworth corridor of Minneapolis is flawed but the “only option” for the light-rail line to...

Dayton signs anti-bullying bill

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 10 2014 - 5:42 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday signed a bullying-prevention bill into law, creating a tough new set of rules for Minnesota schools to follow to protect students from being tormented by classmates.The...

Dayton lashes out at new GOP inquiry on MNsure

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 9 2014 - 5:57 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton vowed Tuesday not to cooperate with a legislative panel that wants to question top officials in his administration about technical problems that marred the Oct. 1 launch of MNsure,...

Dayton wants legislators to toss aside self-imposed bonding cap

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 2 2014 - 9:51 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton urged Minnesota lawmakers to bust past their self-imposed, bipartisan ceiling on funding public works statewide.Dayton said Wednesday that the Legislature should not feel obliged to...

Gov. Dayton adds his voice to push for campaign cash disclosure

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 31 2014 - 5:41 AM

Sources of political spending that are now secret could be forced into the light of disclosure if Gov. Mark Dayton has his way.“This is about people’s right to know who is trying to...

Gov. Dayton has doubts about moves to restrict use of e-cigarettes

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 26 2014 - 5:40 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that proposals this year to ban the indoor use of electronic cigarettes may go too far.In an interview with the Star Tribune, Dayton said that while he would sign a bill...

Dayton blasts Senate Democrats for slow approval of tax relief

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 19 2014 - 8:53 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton blasted fellow DFLers in the Senate on Tuesday, saying Senate leaders were holding hostage a middle-class tax-relief package until they get a new multimillion-dollar office...

Marathon meeting with Dayton yields new hope for medical marijuana

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 14 2014 - 8:43 AM

Wrapped in a body cast as he recovers from hip surgery, Gov. Mark Dayton was on the phone Thursday with reporters, laying out all the reasons he remained opposed to the legalization of medical...

Half of Dayton's tax cuts help Minnesota businesses

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 7 2014 - 10:34 AM

Nearly half of the tax cuts Gov. Mark Dayton proposed Thursday are for businesses and their owners, a move that may reduce the anti-business criticism that has dogged him.Dayton proposed — and...

Gov. Dayton seeks bigger tax cuts in new budget

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 6 2014 - 8:51 PM

DFLers have moved into a tax-cutting frenzy at the State Capitol.Gov. Mark Dayton says he now wants to cut taxes by more than $616 million, up from the $500 million initially proposed by House DFLers....

Dayton approval rating at its highest, Minnesota Poll finds

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 16 2014 - 4:15 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton heads into re-election with the highest job approval rating of his term, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.The poll found that 58 percent of Minnesotans think Dayton is...

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