Dayton Ushers In 1st MN Dem. Admin In 20 Years
January 3, 2011, 7:15 AM
ST. PAUL, MN -
Gov.-elect Mark Dayton's inauguration brings a changing of the guard that has a Democrat coming back into power in Minnesota for the first time in 20 years.
Dayton was to take his oath Monday at Landmark Center in St. Paul. His swearing-in will break what had become the third-longest Democratic drought for a governorship in any state.
The 63-year-old is Minnesota's oldest rookie governor. He'll enter office opposite a Legislature where Republicans will control both chambers.
Dayton survived a close election and recount to beat Republican Tom Emmer and the Independence Party's Tom Horner in November.
Connecticut, which like Minnesota had gone without a Democrat in the role since 1991, also elected one in November. The states with longer Democratic outages are South Dakota and Utah.
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