Minnesota State Auditor

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The Minnesota State Auditor is a constitutional officer in the executive branch of the U.S. State of Minnesota. The State Auditor is charged with overseeing more than $20 billion spent annually by local governments in Minnesota. The State Auditor does this by performing audits of local government financial statements and by reviewing documents, data, reports and complaints reported to the Office. The financial information collected is analyzed and serves as the basis of statutory reports issued by the Office of the State Auditor. The State Auditor is elected and serves a four year term.[1]

History[edit]

The State Auditor's office has existed since before Minnesota Territory became the state of Minnesota in 1858. Before 1973 the State Auditor approved all executive branch expenditures in advance. In 1973 the responsibilities of the State Auditor were reshuffled. The State Auditor shifted to its current role, which was previously handled by the Public Examiner, an office appointed by the governor. The Public Examiner's position was eliminated at this time.[2]

Territory[edit]

Name Took Office Left Office Party
Jonathan E. McKusick 1849 1852 Whig
Abraham Van Vorhes 1852 1853 Whig
Socrates Nelson 1853 1854 Democratic
Julius Georgii 1854 1858 Democratic

The term of the State Auditor was originally three years. In 1883 voters approved a constitutional amendment changing it to four years.

State[edit]

Name Took Office Left Office Party
William F. Dunbar 1858 1861 Democratic
Charles McIlrath 1861 1873 Republican
Orlan P. Whitcomb 1873 1882 Republican
William W. Braden 1882 1891 Republican
Adolph Biermann 1891 1895 Democratic
Robert C. Dunn 1895 1903 Republican
Samuel G. Iverson 1903 1915 Republican
J. A. O. Preus 1915 1921 Republican
Ray P. Chase 1921 1931 Republican
Stafford King 1931 1969 Republican
William J. O'Brien 1969 1971 Republican
Rolland F. Hatfield 1971 1975 Republican
Robert W. Mattson, Jr. 1975 1979 Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL)
Arne Carlson 1979 1991 Independent-Republican
Mark Dayton 1991 1995 Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL)
Judi Dutcher 1995 2003 Republican (switched in 2000 to:)
Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL)
Patricia Anderson (formerly Awada) 2003 2007 Republican
Rebecca Otto 2007 - Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL)

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