|Governor of Minnesota|
|Residence||Minnesota Governor's Residence|
|Term length||Four years, no term limit|
|Formation||May 24, 1858|
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The Governor of Minnesota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Minnesota, leading the state's executive branch. Forty different people have been governor of Minnesota, though historically there were also three governors of Minnesota Territory. Alexander Ramsey, the first territorial governor, also served as state governor several years later. State governors are elected to office by popular vote, but territorial governors were appointed to the office by the United States president. The current governor of Minnesota is Mark Dayton of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL).
Like the U.S. President, the governor has veto power over bills passed by the Minnesota State Legislature. As in most states, but unlike the U.S. President, the governor can also make line-item vetoes, where specific provisions in bills can be stripped out while allowing the overall bill to be signed into law.
The governor of Minnesota must be 25 years old upon assuming office, and must have been a Minnesota resident for one year before the election.
The governor has a cabinet consisting of the leaders of various state departments. The governor appoints these department heads, who, other than the head of the Department of Military Affairs and the chairs of the Metropolitan Council and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, are called commissioners. Cabinet members include:
|Commissioner of Administration||Matt Massman||August 25, 2014|
|Commissioner of Agriculture||David Frederickson||January 3, 2011|
|Commissioner of Commerce||Mike Rothman||January 12, 2011|
|Commissioner of Corrections||Thomas Roy||January 31, 2011|
|Commissioner of Education||Dr. Brenda Cassellius||January 6, 2015|
|Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development||Shawntera Hardy||April 25, 2016|
|Commissioner of Health||Dr. Edward Ehlinger||January 14, 2011|
|Commissioner of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education||Larry Pogemiller||November 8, 2011|
|Commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency||Mary Tingerthal||February 1, 2011|
|Commissioner of Human Rights||Kevin Lindsey||March 2, 2011|
|Commissioner of Human Services||Emily Johnson Piper||December 14, 2015|
|Commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board||Mark Phillips||January 19, 2015|
|Commissioner and Chief Information Officer of MN.IT Services||Thomas Baden||January 14, 2015|
|Commissioner of Labor and Industry||Ken Peterson||January 3, 2011|
|Commissioner of Management and Budget||Myron Frans||January 5, 2015|
|Commissioner of the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services||Todd Doncavage||June 19, 2017|
|Chairwoman of the Metropolitan Council||Alene Tchourumoff||June 27, 2017|
|Adjutant General||Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen||November 4, 2017|
|Commissioner of Natural Resources||Thomas Landwehr||January 6, 2011|
|Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency||John Linc Stine||May 14, 2014|
|Commissioner of Public Safety||Ramona Dohman||March 1, 2011|
|Commissioner of Revenue||Cynthia Bauerly||January 5, 2015|
|Commissioner of Transportation||Charlie Zelle||January 15, 2013|
|Commissioner of Veterans Affairs||Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito||January 13, 2011|
Henry Hastings Sibley, the first Governor of Minnesota
Alexander Ramsey, the second Governor of Minnesota
Harold Stassen, the 25th Governor of Minnesota
Arne Carlson, the 37th Governor of Minnesota
Jesse Ventura, the 38th Governor of Minnesota
Tim Pawlenty, the 39th Governor of Minnesota
Mark Dayton, the 40th and current Governor of Minnesota
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