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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New $2B price tag puts SW light rail at risk

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 28 2015 - 12:39 AM

The Southwest light-rail line, already the state’s largest transportation project, may be in peril now that its price tag has ballooned to close to $2 billion.The escalating costs for the...

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...

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...

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