|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 governors 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 minimum required age of a candidate for the Governor of Minnesota is 25 years (having 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-level departments include:
Henry Hastings Sibley, the first Governor of Minnesota
Alexander Ramsey, the second Territorial 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