|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Governor of Minnesota|
|January 3, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|United States Senator|
|January 3, 2001-January 3, 2007|
|Bachelor's||Yale University (1969)|
|Birthday||January 26, 1947|
|Place of birth||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
A Minnesota native, Mark Dayton was born to Gwendolen May Brandt and Bruce Bliss Dayton. On his father's side, he is descended from George Dayton, founder of Dayton's Department Stores. The fortune he inherited has helped Dayton in his political ambitions; he spent $12 million of his personal wealth on his 2000 Senate campaign and, to date, just under $3 million on his gubernatorial campaign.
Growing up in Long Lake, Dayton studied at the Blake School in Hopkins. He went to college at Yale, where he played Division I Hockey. While at Yale, he joined Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, where future president George W. Bush was a brother. After graduating, e spent two years teaching in New York City's public high schools. In 1971, he moved to Boston and spent time in social work.
His first Senate campaign, in 1982, was unsuccessful. However, he remained in public life, working as Walter Mondale's legislative assistant and serving as the Minnesota State Auditor from 1991 to 1995.
After a single term in the Senate, Dayton declined to run for re-election. His old seat is now head by fellow Democrat Amy Klobuchar. Dayton cited a personal belief that he was not the best candidate to ensure the seat remained under Democratic control; however he had rated as one of the worst members of Senate, citing erratic behavior and lack of legislation.
Dayton and his former wife, Alida Rockefeller Messinger, have two grown sons, Andrew and Eric.
- Yale University, B.A., 1969, cum laude
Governor of Minnesota
On February 17, 2013, Senator Scott Dibble announced on a talk show that he would introduce a bill in the Minnesota State Senate to legalize same-sex marriage. Representative Karen Clark is expected to do introduce a similar bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and Dayton has already stated his support for same-sex marriage. Dayton and other same-sex marriage supporters defeated the proposed Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Amendment in the November 6, 2012 election.
Dayton played a leading role in the summer 2011 shutdown of the Minnesota government after he and the Republican-controlled legislature failed to agree on a plan to close the $5 billion deficit in the state's biennial budget. Dayton had demanded tax increases on the state's highest earners, while Republicans refused to consider any hikes and insisted on spending cuts. The state government's non-essential services subsequently shut down on July 1, furloughing 23,000 state employees.
Dayton defended his hardline stance against spending cuts, saying "most of the money the state collects doesn’t go to a bureaucracy. It goes to the people of Minnesota, who need services — education, health care and the like." He has suggested that an all-cuts solution to the state's budget problem would fall excessively hard on the state's most vulnerable citizens.
United States Senate 2001-2007
Minnesota Auditor 1991-1995
- See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014
Dayton narrowly defeated Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the August 10 primary by a margin of 41.0% to 40.1%.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Mark Dayton's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Mark Dayton's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Minnesota
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$3,521,762 (Republican)|
$10,260 (Ecology Democratic
|Top 5 contributors||Mark Dayton||$3,920,000|
|Prettner Solon Volunteer Committee 15539||$15,000|
|Lockridge Grindal Nauen & Holstein||$3,000|
|Minnesota Pipe Trades Association||$2,500|
|16 individual donors||$2,500 each|
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- Mark Dayton, Minnesota Governor, To Sign Gay Marriage Bill - Huffington Post - Huffington Post
- Gay marriage legal in Minnesota after Gov. Mark Dayton signs bill - Zap2it.com (blog)
- Photos: Thousands gather as Minn. same-sex marriage bill signed into law - Minnesota Public Radio
- Dayton's backup plan to fund Vikings stadium: New taxes - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Signs Marriage Equality Into Law - Instinct Magazine - Instinct Magazine (blog)
- Minnesota governor to sign bill allowing gay marriage - 7Online.com
- Gov. Dayton's signature makes Minnesota 12th state to legalize same-sex ... - Stillwater Gazette
- Gov. Mark Dayton Says Vikings 'Ought to Be Honest' About Cutting Chris Kluwe - Advocate.com
- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton lobbies for same-sex marriage - Minneapolis Star Tribune
- MN Gov. Dayton signs gay marriage bill - WDAZ
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- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at the National Governors Association
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at Bloomberg
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Works by or about Mark Dayton in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Profile at Facebook
- Profile at Twitter
- Video Channel on YouTube
- Profile at Notable Names Database
- Profile at Wikipedia
- News and commentary at The Minnesota Post
- Fact-checking at the Tampa Bay Times
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Project Vote Smart biographical profile of Mark Dayton
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Associated Press, "Amid turbulent session, Gov. Mark Dayton looks to re-election," March 31, 2013
- ↑ Time, "Mark Dayton: The Blunderer", April 14, 2006
- ↑ CBS Minnesota, "Sen. Dibble Plans To Introduce Gay Marriage Bill This Week," February 18, 2013
- ↑ CNBC, "States Beat Budget Deadlines, While Minnesota Shuts Down," July 1, 2011.
- ↑ Washington Post, "Quotes from Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton on his state’s shutdown and his standoff with Republicans," July 2, 2011.
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
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