Lieutenant governor of Minnesota

This is a list of lieutenant governors of the U.S. state of Minnesota.

In 1886 elections were moved from odd years to even years. Beginning with the 1962 election, the term of the lieutenant governor increased from two to four years. Prior to the 1974 election, governors and lieutenant governors were elected on separate ballots. Marlene Johnson, elected in 1982 as the running mate of Rudy Perpich, was Minnesota's first woman Lieutenant Governor. All of her successors in that office have also been women.

Name Took Office Left Office Party
William Holcombe 1858 1860 Democratic
Ignatius L. Donnelly 1860 1863 Republican
Henry Adoniram Swift 1863 1863 Republican
Charles D. Sherwood 1864 1866 Republican
Thomas H. Armstrong 1866 1870 Republican
William H. Yale 1870 1874 Republican
Alphonso Barto 1874 1876 Republican
James Wakefield 1876 1880 Republican
Charles A. Gilman 1880 1887 Republican
Albert E. Rice 1887 1891 Republican
Gideon S. Ives 1891 1893 Republican
David Marston Clough 1893 1895 Republican
Frank A. Day 1895 1897 Republican
John L. Gibbs 1897 1899 Republican
Lyndon Ambrose Smith 1899 1903 Republican
Ray W. Jones 1903 1907 Republican
Adolph Olson Eberhart 1907 1909 Republican
Edward Everett Smith 1909 1911 Republican
Samuel Y. Gordon 1911 1913 Republican
Joseph A. A. Burnquist 1913 1915 Republican
George H. Sullivan 1916 1917 Republican
Thomas Frankson 1917 1921 Republican
Louis L. Collins 1921 1925 Republican
William I. Nolan 1925 1929 Republican
Charles Edward Adams 1929 1931 Republican
Henry M. Arens 1931 1933 Farmer Labor
Konrad K. Solberg 1933 1935 Farmer Labor
Hjalmar Petersen 1935 1936 Farmer Labor
William B. Richardson1 1936 1937 Republican
Gottfrid Lindsten 1937 1939 Farmer Labor
C. Elmer Anderson 1939 1943 Republican
Edward John Thye 1943 1943 Republican
Archie H. Miller 1943 1945 Republican
C. Elmer Anderson 1945 1951 Republican
Ancher Nelsen 1953 1953 Republican
Donald O. Wright2 1954 1955 Republican
Karl Rolvaag 1955 1963 Democratic Farmer Labor
Alexander M. Keith 1963 1967 Democratic Farmer Labor
James B. Goetz 1967 1971 Republican
Rudy Perpich 1971 1976 Democratic Farmer Labor
Alec G. Olson3 1976 1979 Democratic Farmer Labor
Lou Wangberg 1979 1983 Independent Republican
Marlene Johnson 1983 1991 Democratic Farmer Labor
Joanell Dyrstad 1991 1995 Independent Republican
Joanne Benson 1995 1999 IR/Republican
Mae Schunk 1999 2003 Reform/Independence
Carol Molnau 2003 2011 Republican
Yvonne Prettner Solon 2011 present Democratic Farmer Labor

1 Richardson was actually president pro tem of the Minnesota Senate; became acting lieutenant governor when lieutenant governor Hjalmar Petersen became governor on the death of Floyd B. Olson, but Richardson was never sworn in.

2 Wright was president pro tem of the Minnesota Senate and assumed the office of lieutenant governor in 1954 after lieutenant governor Ancher Nelsen resigned to become administrator of the Rural Electric Administration.

3 As president of the Minnesota Senate, Olson assumed office of lieutenant governor when Rudy Perpich then lieutenant governor became governor on the resignation of Wendell Anderson, who had appointed himself to the U.S. Senate on resignation of Walter Mondale who had been elected Vice President.

Note on Minnesota political parties names

  • Republican Party of Minnesota: From November 15, 1975 to September 23, 1995 the name of the state Republican party was the Independent Republican party (IR). The party has always been affiliated with the national Republican party.
  • Independence Party of Minnesota: The party was founded under this name in 1992. In 1995 the IPM affiliated with the national Reform Party and renamed itself the Reform Party of Minnesota. In 2000 the Reform Party of Minnesota disaffiliated with the national Reform party and returned to the name Independence party.

Living former lieutenant governors

As of October 2013, nine former lieutenant governors were alive. The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of C. Elmer Anderson (1945–1951), on January 2, 1998.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Alexander M. Keith 1963–1967 (1928-11-22) November 22, 1928 (age 85)
James B. Goetz 1967–1971 (1936-05-28) May 28, 1936 (age 78)
Alec G. Olson 1976–1979 (1930-09-11) September 11, 1930 (age 83)
Lou Wangberg 1979–1983 (1941-03-27) March 27, 1941 (age 73)
Marlene Johnson 1983–1991 (1946-01-11) January 11, 1946 (age 68)
Joanell Dyrstad 1991–1995 (1942-10-15) October 15, 1942 (age 71)
Joanne Benson 1995–1999 (1943-01-04) January 4, 1943 (age 71)
Mae Schunk 1999–2003 (1934-05-21) May 21, 1934 (age 80)
Carol Molnau 2003–2011 (1949-09-17) September 17, 1949 (age 64)

See also


  • Minnesota Lieutenant Governors 1858- Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.
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