Mark Dayton

40th Governor of Minnesota

Mark Dayton (born January 26, 1947) is an American politician. He was the 40th Governor of Minnesota from 2011 to 2019. He was the United States Senator from Minnesota 2001 to 2007. He is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He ran for Governor in 1998, but lost the nomination to Skip Humphrey.

Mark Dayton
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40th Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2019
LieutenantYvonne Prettner Solon
Preceded byTim Pawlenty
Succeeded byTim Walz
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byRod Grams
Succeeded byAmy Klobuchar
15th Auditor of Minnesota
In office
January 7, 1991 – January 3, 1995
GovernorArne Carlson
Preceded byArne Carlson
Succeeded byJudi Dutcher
Personal details
Mark Brandt Dayton

(1947-01-26) January 26, 1947 (age 73)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political partyDemocratic–Farmer–Labor
ResidenceGovernor's Residence
Alma materYale University
WebsiteCampaign website

In January 2017, Dayton was diagnosed with prostate cancer.[1]


  1. "Dayton reveals prostate cancer diagnosis". Star-Tribune. January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017.