List of lieutenant governors 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.
|Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|Ignatius L. Donnelly||1860||1863||Republican|
|Henry Adoniram Swift||1863||1863||Republican|
|Charles D. Sherwood||1864||1866||Republican|
|Thomas H. Armstrong||1866||1870||Republican|
|William H. Yale||1870||1874||Republican|
|Charles A. Gilman||1880||1887||Republican|
|Albert E. Rice||1887||1891||Republican|
|Gideon S. Ives||1891||1893||Republican|
|David Marston Clough||1893||1895||Republican|
|Frank A. Day||1895||1897||Republican|
|John L. Gibbs||1897||1899||Republican|
|Lyndon Ambrose Smith||1899||1903||Republican|
|Ray W. Jones||1903||1907||Republican|
|Adolph Olson Eberhart||1907||1909||Republican|
|Edward Everett Smith||1909||1911||Republican|
|Samuel Y. Gordon||1911||1913||Republican|
|Joseph A. A. Burnquist||1913||1915||Republican|
|George H. Sullivan||1916||1917||Republican|
|Louis L. Collins||1921||1925||Republican|
|William I. Nolan||1925||1929||Republican|
|Charles Edward Adams||1929||1931||Republican|
|Henry M. Arens||1931||1933||Farmer Labor|
|Konrad K. Solberg||1933||1935||Farmer Labor|
|Hjalmar Petersen||1935||1936||Farmer Labor|
|William B. Richardson1||1936||1937||Republican|
|Gottfrid Lindsten||1937||1939||Farmer Labor|
|C. Elmer Anderson||1939||1943||Republican|
|Edward John Thye||1943||1943||Republican|
|Archie H. Miller||1943||1945||Republican|
|C. Elmer Anderson||1945||1951||Republican|
|Donald O. Wright2||1954||1955||Republican|
|Karl Rolvaag||1955||1963||Democratic Farmer Labor|
|Alexander M. Keith||1963||1967||Democratic Farmer Labor|
|James B. Goetz||1967||1971||Republican|
|Rudy Perpich||1971||1976||Democratic Farmer Labor|
|Alec G. Olson3||1976||1979||Democratic Farmer Labor|
|Lou Wangberg||1979||1983||Independent Republican|
|Marlene Johnson||1983||1991||Democratic Farmer Labor|
|Joanell Dyrstad||1991||1995||Independent Republican|
|Yvonne Prettner Solon||2011||2014||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
- DFL: On April 15, 1944 the state Democratic party and the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party merged and created the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL). It is affiliated with the national Democratic party.
- 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
As of August 2014[update], 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||November 22, 1928|
|James B. Goetz||1967–1971||May 28, 1936|
|Alec G. Olson||1976–1979||September 11, 1930|
|Lou Wangberg||1979–1983||March 27, 1941|
|Marlene Johnson||1983–1991||January 11, 1946|
|Joanell Dyrstad||1991–1995||October 15, 1942|
|Joanne Benson||1995–1999||January 4, 1943|
|Mae Schunk||1999–2003||May 21, 1934|
|Carol Molnau||2003–2011||September 17, 1949|