Governors of Minnesota

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Term Start
Term End
Tim WalzJan 7, 2019-Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Mark DaytonJan 3, 2011Jan 7, 2019Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Tim PawlentyJan 6, 2003Jan 3, 2011Republican
Jesse VenturaJan 4, 1999Jan 6, 2003Reform/Independence
Arne H. CarlsonJan 7, 1991Jan 4, 1999Independent-Republican/ Republican
Rudy PerpichJan 3, 1983Jan 7, 1991Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Al QuieJan 4, 1979Jan 3, 1983Independent-Republican
Rudy PerpichDec 29, 1976Jan 4, 1979Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Wendell R. AndersonJan 4, 1971Dec 29, 1976Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Harold LeVanderJan 2, 1967Jan 4, 1971Republican
Karl RolvaagMar 25, 1963Jan 2, 1967Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Elmer L. AndersenJan 2, 1961Mar 25, 1963Republican
Orville L. FreemanJan 5, 1955Jan 2, 1961Democratic-Farmer-Labor
C. Elmer AndersonSep 27, 1951Jan 5, 1955Republican
Luther W. YoungdahlJan 8, 1947Sep 27, 1951Republican
Edward J. ThyeApr 27, 1943Jan 8, 1947Republican
Harold E. StassenJan 2, 1939Apr 27, 1943Republican
Elmer A. BensonJan 4, 1937Jan 2, 1939Farmer-Labor
Hjalmar PetersenAug 22, 1936Jan 4, 1937Farmer-Labor
Floyd B. OlsonJan 6, 1931Aug 22, 1936Farmer-Labor
Theodore ChristiansonJan 6, 1925Jan 6, 1931Republican
J. A. O. PreusJan 5, 1921Jan 6, 1925Republican
J. A. A. BurnquistDec 30, 1915Jan 5, 1921Republican
Winfield S. HammondJan 5, 1915Dec 30, 1915Democratic
Adolph O. EberhartSep 21, 1909Jan 5, 1915Republican
John A. JohnsonJan 4, 1905Sep 21, 1909Democratic
Samuel R. Van SantJan 7, 1901Jan 4, 1905Republican
John LindJan 2, 1899Jan 7, 1901Democratic
David M. CloughJan 31, 1895Jan 2, 1899Republican
Knute NelsonJan 9, 1893Jan 31, 1895Republican
William R. MerriamJan 9, 1889Jan 4, 1893Republican
Andrew R. McGillJan 5, 1887Jan 9, 1889Republican
Lucius F. HubbardJan 10, 1882Jan 5, 1887Republican
John S. PillsburyJan 7, 1876Jan 10, 1882Republican
Cushman K. DavisJan 7, 1874Jan 7, 1876Republican
Horace AustinJan 9, 1870Jan 7, 1874Republican
William R. MarshallJan 8, 1866Jan 9, 1870Republican
Stephen MillerJan 11, 1864Jan 8, 1866Republican
Henry A. SwiftJul 10, 1863Jan 11, 1864Republican
Alexander RamseyJan 2, 1860Jul 10, 1863Republican
Henry H. SibleyMay 24, 1858Jan 2, 1860Democratic
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Minnesota has had a total of 40 Governors since that joined the United States back in 1858. The current governor of Minnesota is Tim Walz, serving as the governor of Minnesota since 2019. He is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, which is the party that stands in opposition to the Republican Party in the state of Minnesota. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor has been in control of the office of the governor of Minnesota for the past two governorships.

Which Party Has Been in Office the Most in Minnesota?

Even though Minnesota has had a nice mixture of governors from different parties, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party has been in control for most of the past few decades. Both Tim Walz and Mark Dayton, who served as the governor of Minnesota from 2011 to 2019, have been members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor. Prior to Mark Dayton, the Republican party was in control of the governor’s office from 2003 to 2011, led by Tim Pawlenty. The Republican party was also in control of the office from 1911 to 1999 when Arne H. Carlson served as the governor of Minnesota.

Who Was the First Governor of Minnesota?

The very first governor of Minnesota was Henry H. Sibley, who served as the governor of Minnesota from 1858 to 1860. After he left office in 1860, Minnesota was led by a long run of Republican governors. Starting with Alexander Ramsey in 1860, a Republican governor was in control of Minnesota until 1899, when David M. Clough was in office. After David M. Clough left office, John Lind took over for two years, from 1899 to 1901, as a member of the Democratic party. That ended a streak of 12 consecutive governors of Minnesota who came from the Republican party. There have been some changes to the parties during the past few decades.

Current Governor
Tim Walz
Governor Since
Jan 7, 2019
# of Governors Since Statehood

Which party is the current governor of Minnesota?

The current governor of Minnesota is Tim Walz, a Democrat-Farmer-Labor.

How many governors has Minnesota had?

There have been 40 governors of Minnesota, 4 Democrats, 24 Republicans, and 12 from other parties.

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