Political party strength in Minnesota

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The following table indicates the party of elected officials in the U.S. state of Minnesota:

The table also indicates the historical party composition in the:

For years in which a United States presidential election was held, the table indicates which party's nominees received the state's electoral votes.

The parties are as follows:       Nonpartisan conservative (C)       Democratic (D),       Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL),       Farmer-Labor (FL),       Independence (I),       Independent-Republican (IR),       Nonpartisan liberal (L),       National Union (NU),       Populist (Po),       Progressive (Pr),       Republican (R), and       Reform (Ref).

Year Executive offices State Legislature United States Congress Electoral College votes
Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Attorney General Auditor Treasurer State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class I) U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. House
1849 Alexander Ramsey (W)[1] no such office Charles K. Smith (W) Lorenzo A. Babcock (W) Jonathan E. McKusick (W) Calvin A. Tuttle (W) 1D
1850
1851 Alexander C. Wilkin (W)
1852 Abraham Van Vorhes (W)
1853 Willis Arnold Gorman (D)[2] Joseph T. Rosser (D) LaFayette Emmett (D) Socrates Nelson (D) George W. Prescott (D)
1854 Julius Georgii (D) Charles E. Leonard (D)
1855
1856
1857 Samuel Medary (D)[3] Charles L. Chase (D) George W. Armstrong (D) 2D
1858 Henry Hastings Sibley (D) William Holcombe (D) Francis Baasen (D) Charles H. Berry (D) William F. Dunbar (D) Henry Mower Rice (D) James Shields (D)
1859 Morton S. Wilkinson (R) 2R
1860 Alexander Ramsey (R)[4] Ignatius L. Donnelly (R)[4] James H. Baker (D) Gordon E. Cole (R) Charles Scheffer (R) Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin (R)
1861 Charles McIlrath (R)
1862 David Blakeley (R)
1863 Henry Adoniram Swift (R)[5]
Henry Adoniram Swift (R)[5] vacant Alexander Ramsey (R)
1864 Stephen Miller (R) Charles D. Sherwood (R) Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson (NU)
1865 Daniel S. Norton (R)
1866 William Rainey Marshall (R) Thomas H. Armstrong (R) William J. Colvill (R)
1867
1868 Henry C. Rogers (R) Francis R. E. Cornell (R) Emil D. Munch (R) Ulysses S. Grant and Schuyler Colfax (R)
1869 1R, 1D
1870 Horace Austin (R) William H. Yale (R) Hans Mattson (R) William Windom (R)
1871 Ozora P. Stearns (R) 2R
William Windom (R)
1872 Samuel P. Jennison (R) William Seeger (R) Ulysses S. Grant and Henry Wilson (R)
1873 Orlan P. Whitcomb (R) Edwin W. Dyke (R) 3R
1874 Cushman Davis (R) Alphonso Barto (R) George P. Wilson (R)
1875 Samuel J. R. McMillan (R)
1876 John S. Pillsbury (R) James Wakefield (R) John S. Irgens (R) William Pfaender (R) Rutherford B. Hayes and William Almon Wheeler (R)
1877
1878
1879 2R, 1D
1880 Charles A. Gilman (R) Frederick Von Baumbach (R) Charles M. Start (R) Charles Kittelson (R) James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur (R)
1881 William J. Hahn (R) Alonzo J. Edgerton (R) 3R
1882 Lucius Frederick Hubbard (R) William W. Braden (R) William Windom (R)
1883 Dwight M. Sabin (R) 5R
1884 James G. Blaine and John Alexander Logan (R)
1885
1886
1887 Andrew Ryan McGill (R) Albert E. Rice (R) Hans Mattson (R) Moses E. Clapp (R) Joseph Bobleter (R) Cushman Davis (R) 3D, 2R
1888 Benjamin Harrison and Levi P. Morton (R)
1889 William Rush Merriam (R) William D. Washburn (R) 5R
1890
1891 Gideon S. Ives (R) Frederick P. Brown (R) Adolph Biermann (R) 3D, 1R, 1Po
1892 Benjamin Harrison and Whitelaw Reid (R)
1893 Knute Nelson (R)[4] David Marston Clough (R) Henry W. Childs (R) 4R, 2D, 1Po
1894
1895 David Marston Clough (R)[5] Frank A. Day (R) Albert Berg (R) Robert C. Dunn (R) August T. Koerner (R) Knute Nelson (R) 7R
1896 William McKinley and Garret Hobart (R)
1897 John L. Gibbs (R)
1898
1899 John Lind (D)[6] Lyndon A. Smith (R) Wallace B. Douglas (R)
1900 William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt (R)
Charles A. Towne (D)
1901 Samuel Rinnah Van Sant (R) Peter E. Hanson (R) Julius H. Block (R) Moses E. Clapp (R)
1902
1903 Ray W. Jones (R) Samuel G. Iverson (R) 8R, 1D
1904 William J. Donahower (R) Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks (R)
1905 John Albert Johnson (D)[7] Edward T. Young (R) 9R
1906
1907 Adolph Olson Eberhart (R) Julius A. Schmahl (R) Clarence C. Dinehart (R) 8R, 1D
1908 William Howard Taft and James S. Sherman (R)
1909 Adolph Olson Eberhart (R)[5] Edward Everett Smith[5] George T. Simpson (R)
1910 Elias S. Pettijohn (R)
1911 Samuel Y. Gordon (R) Walter J. Smith (R)
1912 Lyndon A. Smith (R) Theodore Roosevelt and Hiram Johnson (Pr)
1913 Joseph A. A. Burnquist (R)
1914
1915 Winfield Scott Hammond (D)[7] J. A. O. Preus (R) 9R, 1D
1916 Joseph A. A. Burnquist (R) George H. Sullivan[5] Arthur C. Gooding (R) Charles Evans Hughes and Charles W. Fairbanks (R)
1917 Thomas Frankson (R) Henry Rines (R) Frank B. Kellogg (R)
1918 Clifford L. Hilton (R)
1919 9R, 1FL
1920 Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge (R)
1921 J. A. O. Preus (R) Louis L. Collins (R) Mike Holm (R) Ray P. Chase (R) 10R
1922
1923 Henrik Shipstead (FL) Magnus Johnson (FL) 8R, 2FL
1924 Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes (R)
1925 Theodore Christianson (R) William I. Nolan (R) Edward W. Stark (R) Thomas D. Schall (R) 7R, 3FL
1926
1927 Albert F. Pratt (R) Julius A. Schmahl (R) 8R, 2FL
1928 G. Aaron Youngquist (R) Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R)
1929 Charles Edward Adams[5] Henry N. Benson (R) 9R, 1FL
1930
1931 Floyd B. Olson (FL)[7] Henry M. Arens (FL) Stafford King (R)
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner (D)
1933 Konrad K. Solberg (FL) Harry H. Peterson (FL) 5FL, 3R, 1D
1934
1935 Hjalmar Petersen (FL) Elmer Austin Benson (FL) 5R, 3FL, 1D
1936 Hjalmar Petersen (FL)[5] William B. Richardson[8] William S. Ervin (FL) Guy V. Howard (R)
1937 Elmer Austin Benson (FL) Gottfrid T. Lindsten (FL) C. A. Halverson (FL) Ernest Lundeen (FL) 5FL, 3R, 1D
1938
1939 Harold Stassen (R) C. Elmer Anderson (R) Joseph A. A. Burnquist (R) Julius A. Schmahl (R) 7R, 1D, 1FL
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry A. Wallace (D)
1941 Henrik Shipstead (R) Joseph H. Ball (R) 8R, 1FL
1942 Arthur E. Nelson (R)
1943 Edward John Thye (R)
Edward John Thye (R) Archie H. Miller (R) Joseph H. Ball (R)
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (D)
1945 C. Elmer Anderson (R) 7R, 2DFL
1946
1947 Luther Youngdahl (R)[4] Edward John Thye (R) 8R, 1DFL
1948 Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley (D)
1949 Hubert Humphrey (DFL) 5R, 4DFL
1950
1951 C. Elmer Anderson (R)[5] vacant Kristjan Valdimar Bjornson (R) 51C, 16L[9] 87C, 44L
1952 H. H. Chesterman Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon (R)
Virginia Paul Holm (R)
1953 Ancher Nelsen (R) 52C, 15L 85C, 46L
1954 Donald O. Wright (R)
1955 Orville Freeman (DFL) Karl Rolvaag (DFL) Joseph L. Donovan (DFL) Miles W. Lord (DFL) Arthur Hansen (DFL) 48C, 19L 66L, 65C 5DFL, 4R
1956
1957 Kristjan Valdimar Bjornson (R) 70L, 61C
1958
1959 43C, 24L 72L, 59C Eugene McCarthy (DFL) 5R, 4DFL
1960 Walter Mondale (DFL) John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
1961 Elmer L. Andersen (R)[10] 73L, 58C 6R, 3DFL
1962
1963 Karl Rolvaag (DFL)[10] Alexander M. Keith (DFL) 43C, 24L 80C, 54L 4R, 4DFL
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert Humphrey (D)
Robert W. Mattson, Sr. (DFL) Walter Mondale (DFL)
1965 44C, 23L 78C, 56L
1966
1967 Harold LeVander (R) James B. Goetz (R) Douglas M. Head (R) 45C, 22L 93C, 42L 5R, 3DFL
1968 Hubert Humphrey and Edmund Muskie (D)
1969 William J. O'Brien (R) 85C, 50L
1970
1971 Wendell Anderson (DFL)[4] Rudy Perpich (DFL) Arlen Erdahl (R) Warren Spannaus (DFL) Rolland F. Hatfield (R) 34C, 33L 70C, 65L Hubert Humphrey (DFL) 4R, 4DFL
1972 Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew (R)
1973 37DFL, 30R 78DFL, 56R
1974 36DFL, 31R
1975 Joan Growe (DFL) Robert W. Mattson, Jr. (DFL) Jim Lord (DFL) 38DFL, 28IR 104DFL, 30IR 5DFL, 3R
1976 37DFL, 29IR 103DFL, 31IR Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale (D)
Rudy Perpich (DFL)[5] Alec G. Olson (DFL) Wendell Anderson (DFL)
1977 48DFL, 19IR 100DFL, 34IR 4DFL, 4R
1978 47DFL, 20IR 99DFL, 35IR Muriel Humphrey (DFL)
1979 Al Quie (IR) Lou Wangberg (IR) Arne Carlson (IR) 46DFL, 20IR 67DFL, 66IR David Durenberger (R) Rudy Boschwitz (R)
1980 44DFL, 21IR 68DFL, 66IR
1981 44DFL, 23IR 70DFL, 64IR 5R, 3DFL
1982
1983 Rudy Perpich (DFL) Marlene Johnson (DFL) Skip Humphrey (DFL) Robert W. Mattson, Jr. (DFL) 42DFL, 25IR 76DFL, 58IR 5DFL, 3R
1984 Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro (D)
1985 42DFL, 24IR, 1NP 69IR, 65DFL
1986 43DFL, 24IR 68IR, 65DFL
1987 Michael McGrath (DFL) 46DFL, 21IR 82DFL, 52IR
1988 44DFL, 23IR 81DFL, 51IR Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen (D)
1989 80DFL, 54IR
1990 79DFL, 53IR
1991 Arne Carlson (IR/R) Joanell Dyrstad (IR) Mark Dayton (DFL) 46DFL, 21IR 78DFL, 56IR Paul Wellstone (DFL) 6DFL, 2R
1992 46DFL, 20IR 86DFL, 47IR Bill Clinton and Al Gore (D)
1993 45DFL, 22IR 85DFL, 48IR
1994 43DFL, 24IR 84DFL, 50IR
1995 Joanne Benson (IR/R) Judi Dutcher (R) 43DFL, 24IR 69DFL, 65IR Rod Grams (R)
1996 41DFL, 25R, 1NP 68DFL, 65R
1997 42DFL, 24R, 1NP 70DFL, 61R
1998 70DFL, 64R
1999 Jesse Ventura (Ref/I) Mae Schunk (Ref/I) Mary Kiffmeyer (R) Mike Hatch (DFL) Carol C. Johnson (DFL) 40DFL, 26R, 1NP 71R, 63DFL
2000 Judi Dutcher (DFL)[11] 41DFL, 26R Al Gore and Joe Lieberman (D)
2001 39DFL, 27R, 1I 68R, 65DFL, 1 Other Mark Dayton (DFL) 5DFL, 3R
2002 39DFL, 26R, 2I
39DFL, 27R, 1I Dean Barkley (I)
2003 Tim Pawlenty (R) Carol Molnau (R) Patricia Anderson (R) [12] 35DFL, 31R, 1IPM 81R, 53DFL Norm Coleman (R) 4DFL, 4R
2004 John Kerry and John Edwards (D)
2005 37DFL, 29R, 1IPM 68R, 66DFL
2006
2007 Mark Ritchie (DFL) Lori Swanson (DFL) Rebecca Otto (DFL) 44DFL, 23R 85DFL, 49R Amy Klobuchar (DFL) 5DFL, 3R
44DFL, 22R[13] 85DFL, 48R, 1IR
2008 Barack Obama and Joe Biden (D)
45DFL, 22R[14] 85DFL, 47R, 1IR, 1I[15]
2009 46DFL, 21R 87DFL, 47R Al Franken (DFL)
2010
2011 Mark Dayton (DFL) Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL) 37R, 30DFL 72R, 62DFL 4DFL, 4R
72R, 61DFL[16]
72R, 62DFL[17]
2012
2013 39DFL, 28R 73DFL, 61R 5DFL, 3R
Year Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Attorney General Auditor Treasurer State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class I) U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. House Electoral College votes
Executive offices State Legislature United States Congress

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Territorial governor appointed by President Zachary Taylor.
  2. ^ Territorial governor appointed by President Franklin Pierce.
  3. ^ Territorial governor appointed by President James Buchanan.
  4. ^ a b c d e Resigned.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Succeeded to office following death or resignation of previous officeholder.
  6. ^ Had also been endorsed by the Populists and Silver Republicans.
  7. ^ a b c Died in office.
  8. ^ Served as acting lieutenant governor; never took the oath of office.
  9. ^ From 1913 to 1973, the Minnesota Legislature was nonpartisan. Legislators caucused as "conservatives" and "liberals," roughly equivalent to Republicans and Democrats/Farmer Laborites
  10. ^ a b A recount and subsequent litigation lasting 139 days delayed Karl Rolvaag's inauguration as governor.
  11. ^ Dutcher switched parties in 2000
  12. ^ Office abolished effective January 6, 2003.
  13. ^ In December 2007, Republican Tom Neuville resigned to accept a District Court appointment.
  14. ^ In January 2008, Democrat Kevin Dahle was elected in a special election to succeed Republican Tom Neuville.
  15. ^ In July 2008, Republican incumbent Ron Erhardt became an independent.
  16. ^ In January 2011, Democrat Tony Sertich was appointed Commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, vacating his seat in the House of Representatives.
  17. ^ On February 15, 2011, Democrat Carly Melin was elected to fill the seat that Tony Sertich formerly held.

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