List of lieutenant governors of Minnesota

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This is a list of lieutenant governors of the U.S. state of Minnesota.

In 1886 elections were moved from odd years to even years. Beginning with the 1962 election, the term of the lieutenant governor increased from two to four years. Prior to the 1974 election, governors and lieutenant governors were elected on separate ballots. Marlene Johnson, elected in 1982 as the running mate of Rudy Perpich, was the first female lieutenant governor of Minnesota. All of her successors in that office have also been women.

Parties

      Democratic/Democratic Farmer Labor       Farmer Labor       Republican/Independent Republican       Reform/Independence

Lt. Governor Took office Left office Party
William Holcombe May 24, 1858 January 2, 1860 Democratic
Ignatius L. Donnelly January 2, 1860 March 4, 1863 Republican
Henry Adoniram Swift March 4, 1863 July 10, 1863 Republican
Vacant July 10, 1863 January 11, 1864
Charles D. Sherwood January 11, 1864 January 8, 1866 Republican
Thomas H. Armstrong January 8, 1866 January 7, 1870 Republican
William H. Yale January 7, 1870 January 9, 1874 Republican
Alphonso Barto January 9, 1874 January 7, 1876 Republican
James Wakefield January 7, 1876 January 10, 1880 Republican
Charles A. Gilman January 10, 1880 January 4, 1887 Republican
Albert E. Rice January 4, 1887 January 5, 1891 Republican
Gideon S. Ives January 5, 1891 January 3,1893 Republican
David Marston Clough January 3, 1893 January 31, 1895 Republican
Frank A. Day January 31, 1895 January 5, 1897 Republican
John L. Gibbs January 5, 1897 January 3, 1899 Republican
Lyndon Ambrose Smith January 3, 1899 January 5, 1903 Republican
Ray W. Jones January 5, 1903 January 5, 1907 Republican
Adolph Olson Eberhart January 7, 1907 September 21, 1909 Republican
Edward Everett Smith September 25, 1909 January 3, 1911 Republican
Samuel Y. Gordon January 3, 1911 January 7, 1913 Republican
Joseph A. A. Burnquist January 7, 1913 December 30, 1915 Republican
Vacant December 30, 1915 October 28, 1916
George H. Sullivan October 28, 1916 January 2, 1917 Republican
Thomas Frankson January 2, 1917 January 4, 1921 Republican
Louis L. Collins January 4, 1921 January 6, 1925 Republican
William I. Nolan January 6, 1925 June 1929 Republican
Charles Edward Adams June 25, 1929 January 6, 1931 Republican
Henry M. Arens January 6, 1931 January 3, 1933 Farmer Labor
Konrad K. Solberg January 3, 1933 January 8, 1935 Farmer Labor
Hjalmar Petersen January 8, 1935 August 24, 1936 Farmer Labor
William B. Richardson1 August 24, 1936 January 1, 1937 Republican
Gottfrid Lindsten January 5, 1937 January 2, 1939 Farmer Labor
C. Elmer Anderson January 2, 1939 January 4, 1943 Republican
Edward John Thye January 4, 1943 April 27, 1943 Republican
Archie H. Miller May 6, 1943 January 2, 1945 Republican
C. Elmer Anderson January 2, 1945 September 27, 1951 Republican
Vacant September 27, 1951 January 5, 1953
Ancher Nelsen January 5, 1953 May 1, 1953 Republican
Vacant May 1, 1953 September 3, 1954
Donald O. Wright2 September 3, 1954 January 3, 1955 Republican
Karl Rolvaag January 3, 1955 January 8, 1963 Democratic Farmer Labor
Alexander M. Keith January 8, 1963 January 2, 1967 Democratic Farmer Labor
James B. Goetz January 2, 1967 January 4, 1971 Republican
Rudy Perpich January 4, 1971 December 29, 1976 Democratic Farmer Labor
Alec G. Olson3 December 29, 1976 January 4, 1979 Democratic Farmer Labor
Lou Wangberg January 4, 1979 January 3, 1983 Independent Republican
Marlene Johnson January 3, 1983 January 7, 1991 Democratic Farmer Labor
Joanell Dyrstad January 7, 1991 January 3, 1995 Independent Republican
Joanne Benson January 3, 1995 January 4, 1999 IR/Republican
Mae Schunk January 4, 1999 January 6, 2003 Reform/Independence
Carol Molnau January 6, 2003 January 3, 2011 Republican
Yvonne Prettner Solon January 3, 2011 Democratic Farmer Labor
Tina Smith Taking Office January 5, 2015 Democratic Farmer Labor


1 Richardson was actually president pro tem of the Minnesota Senate; became acting lieutenant governor when lieutenant governor Hjalmar Petersen became governor on the death of Floyd B. Olson, but Richardson was never sworn in.

2 Wright was president pro tem of the Minnesota Senate and assumed the office of lieutenant governor in 1954 after Lieutenant Governor Ancher Nelsen resigned to become administrator of the Rural Electric Administration.

3 As president of the Minnesota Senate, Olson assumed office of lieutenant governor when Rudy Perpich then lieutenant governor became governor on the resignation of Wendell Anderson, who had appointed himself to the U.S. Senate on resignation of Walter Mondale who had been elected vice president.

Note on Minnesota political parties names[edit]

  • Republican Party of Minnesota: From November 15, 1975 to September 23, 1995 the name of the state Republican party was the Independent Republican party (IR). The party has always been affiliated with the national Republican party.
  • Independence Party of Minnesota: The party was founded under this name in 1992. In 1995 the IPM affiliated with the national Reform Party and renamed itself the Reform Party of Minnesota. In 2000 the Reform Party of Minnesota disaffiliated with the national Reform party and returned to the name Independence party.

Living former lieutenant governors[edit]

As of August 2014, nine former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being Alexander M. Keith (1963–1967, born 1928). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of C. Elmer Anderson (1945–1951), on January 22, 1998.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Alexander M. Keith 1963–1967 (1928-11-22) November 22, 1928 (age 86)
James B. Goetz 1967–1971 (1936-05-28) May 28, 1936 (age 78)
Alec G. Olson 1976–1979 (1930-09-11) September 11, 1930 (age 84)
Lou Wangberg 1979–1983 (1941-03-27) March 27, 1941 (age 73)
Marlene Johnson 1983–1991 (1946-01-11) January 11, 1946 (age 68)
Joanell Dyrstad 1991–1995 (1942-10-15) October 15, 1942 (age 72)
Joanne Benson 1995–1999 (1943-01-04) January 4, 1943 (age 71)
Mae Schunk 1999–2003 (1934-05-21) May 21, 1934 (age 80)
Carol Molnau 2003–2011 (1949-09-17) September 17, 1949 (age 65)

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