Yvonne Prettner Solon

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Yvonne Prettner Solon
47th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 5, 2015
Governor Mark Dayton
Preceded by Carol Molnau
Succeeded by Tina Smith
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 7th district
In office
February 4, 2002 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Sam Solon
Succeeded by Roger Reinert
Personal details
Born (1946-02-03) February 3, 1946 (age 71)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party DFL
Spouse(s) Sam Solon (deceased)
Children 2
Residence Duluth, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Minnesota Duluth
Occupation psychologist, legislator

Yvonne Prettner Solon (born February 3, 1946 in Minneapolis) was the 47th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota,[1] from 2011 to 2015. She is the sixth consecutive woman to serve in that capacity and is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. She served with Governor Mark Dayton, who successfully ran for re-election, but she chose to retire at the end of her term.[2][3][4]


Prettner Solon completed her secondary education at Stanbrook Hall Preparatory School, a Roman Catholic school for girls in Duluth, Minnesota. She received a B.S.D. and a M.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth.[5]

State Senate[edit]

Prettner Solon was a member of the Minnesota Senate representing District 7, which includes portions of St. Louis County in the northeastern part of the state. She was first elected in a January 2002 special election held after the death of her husband, Senator Sam Solon, on December 28, 2001. She was re-elected in the 2002 and 2006 general elections.[5] Her special legislative concerns included economic development, education, health care, the environment, transportation, and jobs.[6]


Solon was a member of the Senate's Capital Investment Committee, the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, the Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications Committee (which she chairs), and the Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. She also served on the Finance Subcommittee for the Health and Human Services Budget Division.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

On May 24, 2010, gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton announced that Prettner Solon would be his lieutenant governor running mate in the 2010 election.[7] In choosing her, Dayton said that "her thoughtful, sensitive and visionary leadership and public service are further informed by her life experiences, which have forged a woman I deeply respect and admire." The selection of Prettner Solon was seen as bringing balance to the Dayton Campaign.[8]

On August 10, 2010, the Dayton-Prettner Solon ticket narrowly defeated Margaret Anderson Kelliher to earn the DFL nomination and a spot in the November general election. After a close election that included a recount, Dayton and Prettner Solon defeated the ticket of Tom Emmer and Annette Meeks in the November general election.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

Minnesota Senate Election District 7, 2002[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Yvonne Prettner Solon (incumbent) 19,314 73%
Republican Justin Krych 7,128 27%
Minnesota Senate Election District 7, 2006[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Yvonne Prettner Solon (incumbent) 21,861 74.9%
Republican Steve Khalar 7,243 24.8%


  1. ^ "Democrat Dayton wins Minnesota Gov. recount". CNN. 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  2. ^ Brian Bakst (January 14, 2014). "Minn. Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon says no to 2nd term". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Briana Bierschbach (January 14, 2014). "Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon, announcing she won’t run again, reflects on highlights, limited role". MinnPost. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ Tim Pugmire (January 14, 2014). "Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon not running for re-election". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Prettner Solon, Yvonne". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  6. ^ "Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon DFL District 07". Minnesota Senate. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  7. ^ "Dayton picks Prettner Solon for LG running mate". Politics in Minnesota. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  8. ^ "Dayton's choice of Solon gives ticket regional and gender balance". Minn Post. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  9. ^ "Democrat wins last outstanding governor’s race". 4 December 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Campaign 2002 Minnesota - Legislature Districts 1-15". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  11. ^ "Campaign 2006 - Election results: Minnesota Senate District 7". Minnesota Public Radio. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carol Molnau
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
January 3, 2011 – January 5, 2015
Succeeded by
Tina Smith
Preceded by
Sam Solon
Member of the Minnesota Senate from the 7th District
2002 – 2011
Succeeded by
Roger Reinert