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Jesse Ventura

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Jesse Ventura
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Governor of Minnesota
Former officeholder
In office
January 8, 1999 - January 6, 2003
PartyIndependence Party
PredecessorArne Helge Carlson (R)
Date of birthJuly 15, 1951
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
Personal website
Jesse Ventura (b. July 15, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minnesota) was the 38th Governor of Minnesota. He served in this position from 1999 to 2003. Ventura was elected as a member of the Reform Party, but later left and reorganized the Minnesota Reform Party as the Independence Party.[1][2] Ventura announced his interest in a 2016 presidential run during an interview on January 30, 2014.[3]



During an interview with television host Larry King, Ventura explained, "If I run as an independent I will be a true independent The way public sentiment is right now, Larry - I mean I would run on this — I offer the people of America, I challenge them to elect the first president since George Washington, the father of our country, that doesn't belong to a political party. Imagine that. And I think the way it is today, you could win on that issue alone."[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arne Helge Carlson (R)
Governor of Minnesota
1999 – 2003
Succeeded by
Tim Pawlenty (R)