Governor of Minnesota

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Governor of Minnesota
Tim Walz
since January 7, 2019
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceMinnesota Governor's Residence
Term lengthFour years, no term limit
Inaugural holderHenry H. Sibley
FormationMay 24, 1858
DeputyLieutenant Governor of Minnesota
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

The governor of Minnesota is the head of government of the U.S. state of Minnesota, leading the state's executive branch. Forty people have been governor 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 Tim Walz of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL).

Powers and qualifications[edit]

Similar to 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 governor of Minnesota must be 25 years old upon assuming office, and must have been a Minnesota resident for one year before the election.

Since a 1958 amendment to the Minnesota Constitution governors are elected to four-year terms, with no limits on the number of terms they may serve.[1]


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 members include:[2]

Office Incumbent Term began
Commissioner of Administration Alice Roberts-Davis January 7, 2019
Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Petersen January 7, 2019
Commissioner of Commerce Steve Kelley January 7, 2019
Commissioner of Corrections Paul Schnell January 7, 2019
Commissioner of Education Willie Jett January 2, 2023
Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development Steve Grove January 7, 2019
Commissioner of Health Brooke Cunningham January 2, 2023
Commissioner of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Dennis Olsen[citation needed] January 7, 2019
Commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Jennifer Ho January 7, 2019
Commissioner of Human Rights Rebecca Lucero Archived 2020-04-12 at the Wayback Machine[3] January 3,[4] 2019
Commissioner of Human Services Jodi Harpstead[5] August, 2019
Commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board Ida Rukavina January 2, 2023
Commissioner and Chief Information Officer of MN.IT Services Tarek Tomes April 2019
Commissioner of Labor and Industry Nicole Blissenbach January 2, 2023
Commissioner of Management and Budget Myron Frans January 5, 2015
Commissioner of the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services Janet Johnson January 7, 2019
Chairperson of the Metropolitan Council Nora Slawik January 7, 2019
Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke[6] August 12, 2020
Commissioner of Natural Resources Sarah Strommen January 7, 2019
Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Laura Bishop January 7, 2019
Commissioner of Public Safety Bob Jacobson January 2, 2023
Commissioner of Revenue Paul Marquart January 2, 2023
Commissioner of Transportation Margaret Anderson Kelliher January 7, 2019
Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Larry Herke January 7, 2019


The Minnesota Governor's Residence is located in Saint Paul, at 1006 Summit Avenue.


The line of succession for the Governor is established by Article V, Section 5 of the Minnesota Constitution[7] and Minnesota Statute 4.06.[8]


Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener[edit]

The Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener is a tradition that dates back to 1948.[9] The event was designed to promote the development of Minnesota’s recreation industry[10][11] The Governor goes to a selected lake in Minnesota to fish on the opening weekend of the fishing season.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Green Papers: Minnesota 2006 Midterm Election". Richard E. Berg-Andersson, Research and Commentary. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  2. ^ "Governor's Cabinet". Retrieved 2023-04-06.
  3. ^ "commissioner". Archived from the original on 2020-04-12. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  4. ^ "commissioner". Archived from the original on 2020-04-12. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  5. ^ jon. wittman. "Commissioner Jodi Harpstead". Minnesota Department of Human Services. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  6. ^ "Cambridge native named new leader of the Minnesota National Guard". 12 August 2020. Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  7. ^ "Constitution of the State of Minnesota: Article V". Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Constitutional Offices and Duties, Chapter 4: 4.06". Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  9. ^ 2023 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener May 12-13, 2023 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, viewed June 21, 2023
  10. ^ Marshall, Brandon - Mankato to host 2023 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener. Rochester KAAL ABC 6, August 8, 2022
  11. ^ Mankato and Madison Lake hosting Governor’s 2023 Fishing Opener, without Gov. Walz. KARE 11, May 9, 2023
  12. ^ Fishing in Minnesota Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Viewed June 21, 2023

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