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

No. Lt. Governor Took office Left office Party
1 William Holcombe May 24, 1858 January 2, 1860 Democratic
2 Ignatius L. Donnelly January 2, 1860 March 4, 1863 Republican
3 Henry Adoniram Swift March 4, 1863 July 10, 1863 Republican
Vacant July 10, 1863 January 11, 1864
4 Charles D. Sherwood January 11, 1864 January 8, 1866 Republican
5 Thomas H. Armstrong January 8, 1866 January 7, 1870 Republican
6 William H. Yale January 7, 1870 January 9, 1874 Republican
7 Alphonso Barto January 9, 1874 January 7, 1876 Republican
8 James Wakefield January 7, 1876 January 10, 1880 Republican
9 Charles A. Gilman January 10, 1880 January 4, 1887 Republican
10 Albert E. Rice January 4, 1887 January 5, 1891 Republican
11 Gideon S. Ives January 5, 1891 January 3,1893 Republican
12 David Marston Clough January 3, 1893 January 31, 1895 Republican
13 Frank A. Day January 31, 1895 January 5, 1897 Republican
14 John L. Gibbs January 5, 1897 January 3, 1899 Republican
15 Lyndon Ambrose Smith January 3, 1899 January 5, 1903 Republican
16 Ray W. Jones January 5, 1903 January 5, 1907 Republican
17 Adolph Olson Eberhart January 7, 1907 September 21, 1909 Republican
18 Edward Everett Smith September 25, 1909 January 3, 1911 Republican
19 Samuel Y. Gordon January 3, 1911 January 7, 1913 Republican
20 Joseph A. A. Burnquist January 7, 1913 December 30, 1915 Republican
Vacant December 30, 1915 October 28, 1916
21 George H. Sullivan October 28, 1916 January 2, 1917 Republican
22 Thomas Frankson January 2, 1917 January 4, 1921 Republican
23 Louis L. Collins January 4, 1921 January 6, 1925 Republican
24 William I. Nolan January 6, 1925 June 1929 Republican
25 Charles Edward Adams June 25, 1929 January 6, 1931 Republican
26 Henry M. Arens January 6, 1931 January 3, 1933 Farmer Labor
27 Konrad K. Solberg January 3, 1933 January 8, 1935 Farmer Labor
28 Hjalmar Petersen January 8, 1935 August 24, 1936 Farmer Labor
* William B. Richardson1 August 24, 1936 January 1, 1937 Republican
29 Gottfrid Lindsten January 5, 1937 January 2, 1939 Farmer Labor
30 C. Elmer Anderson January 2, 1939 January 4, 1943 Republican
31 Edward John Thye January 4, 1943 April 27, 1943 Republican
32 Archie H. Miller May 6, 1943 January 2, 1945 Republican
33 C. Elmer Anderson January 2, 1945 September 27, 1951 Republican
Vacant September 27, 1951 January 5, 1953
34 Ancher Nelsen January 5, 1953 May 1, 1953 Republican
Vacant May 1, 1953 September 3, 1954
35 Donald O. Wright2 September 3, 1954 January 3, 1955 Republican
36 Karl Rolvaag January 3, 1955 January 8, 1963 Democratic Farmer Labor
37 Alexander M. Keith January 8, 1963 January 2, 1967 Democratic Farmer Labor
38 James B. Goetz January 2, 1967 January 4, 1971 Republican
39 Rudy Perpich January 4, 1971 December 29, 1976 Democratic Farmer Labor
40 Alec G. Olson3 December 29, 1976 January 4, 1979 Democratic Farmer Labor
41 Lou Wangberg January 4, 1979 January 3, 1983 Independent Republican
42 Marlene Johnson January 3, 1983 January 7, 1991 Democratic Farmer Labor
43 Joanell Dyrstad January 7, 1991 January 3, 1995 Independent Republican
44 Joanne Benson January 3, 1995 January 4, 1999 IR/Republican
45 Mae Schunk January 4, 1999 January 6, 2003 Reform/Independence
46 Carol Molnau January 6, 2003 January 3, 2011 Republican
47 Yvonne Prettner Solon January 3, 2011 January 5, 2015 Democratic Farmer Labor
48 Tina Smith January 5, 2015 Present 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 January 2015, ten 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 69)
Joanell Dyrstad 1991–1995 (1942-10-15) October 15, 1942 (age 72)
Joanne Benson 1995–1999 (1943-01-04) January 4, 1943 (age 72)
Mae Schunk 1999–2003 (1934-05-21) May 21, 1934 (age 80)
Carol Molnau 2003–2011 (1949-09-17) September 17, 1949 (age 65)
Yvonne Prettner Solon 2011–2015 (1946-02-03) February 3, 1946 (age 69)

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