Governor of Minnesota
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Minnesota Constitution, Article V, Section I the Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||January 3, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Minnesota Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Commission|
Under Article V, Section I:
The executive department consists of a governor...
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The term of office of the governor of Minnesota is four years. Candidates must:
- be at least 25 years old
- be a U.S. citizen
- have been a Minnesota resident for one year before the election
Minnesota elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Minnesota, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 3, 2011 and January 5, 2015 are inaugural days.
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Minnesota governors do not face any term limits.
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 5.
At any time that the governor is unable to discharge the office, the Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota succeeds to the office. In the event of a vacancy in the lieutenant governorship, the least elected presiding officer of the Senate, which is to say, the Senate President Pro Tem shall succeed to that office.
The Constitutionally prescribed duties and powers of the governor are quite lean compared to some other states. Minnesota's governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's militia and naval forces and is charged with upholding and seeing to the faithful execution of all laws.
Along with the Attorney General of Minnesota and the Chief Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court, the governor sits on the Board of Pardons. However, the power of pardon does not extend to cases of impeachment. (§ 7)
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Requesting written opinions from any executive officer on any matter relating to that officer's duties
- Making appointments, with the advice and consent of the Senate, when the offices of the Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor, and other state and district offices not otherwise provided for by law become vacant
- Appointing Commissioners
- Appointing notaries public
...The duties and salaries of the executive officers shall be prescribed by law.
As of 2010, the Governor of Minnesota is paid $120,303 a year, the 29th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
- Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
- Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon
- Minnesota Attorney General
- Minnesota Secretary of State
Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.
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