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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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...

Gov. Dayton's hip surgery a success, staff says

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 10 2014 - 4:02 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton underwent a successful operation at Mayo Clinic on Monday to repair a tendon that detached from his hip, his office says.“The surgery went great,” said Matt Swenson, a...

Dayton, union push for rail safety

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 7 2014 - 11:37 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday proposed initiatives to enhance railroad safety on the same day that rail workers protested Canadian Pacific’s safety practices by picketing its U.S. headquarters...

Dayton picks chief of staff Tina Smith for running mate

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 5 2014 - 9:30 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton upended the dynamics in the race for governor Tuesday, selecting chief of staff Tina Smith to be his running mate as the DFLer begins his campaign for a second term.In making his...

Dayton Super Bowl trip canceled

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 28 2014 - 5:04 PM

There will be no Super Bowl XLVIII trip for Gov. Mark Dayton after all.Dayton, a DFLer, had planned to fly to the New York area this weekend to pitch Minnesota's bid to win the 2018 Super Bowl but on...

Eager Dayton kicks off campaign to land 2018 Super Bowl in Mpls.

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 28 2014 - 6:27 AM

With a new Minnesota Vikings stadium now being built, Gov. Mark Dayton turned Monday to the National Football League to make good on a vague promise to give the state a second Super Bowl.The governor...

Cost of Dayton's Super Bowl visit to be paid by state

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 27 2014 - 5:51 PM

The state will be paying Gov. Mark Dayton's way to this weekend's Super Bowl in the New York area, Dayton's spokesman said"He's going out there to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota,"...

Dayton on audit: 'I wish we would never make mistakes but we’re human"

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 17 2014 - 5:30 PM

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday acknowledged that he erred by taking a campaign employee along on a state airplane trip and pledged he would not repeat the error."It was a technical violation of...

Audit: Dayton misused plane

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 17 2014 - 5:33 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton broke state law by bringing a campaign staffer along on the state plane for a 2012 trip to promote DFL candidates, according to a long-awaited audit released Thursday.“Since...

Dayton wants $1 billion in building money

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 16 2014 - 5:46 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to fund $1 billion in construction projects across the state to bolster civic centers, theaters, college and university buildings and roads.The costliest projects on...

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