Civil Servant and Minnesota's 40th Governor
Friday, September 27, 2019
Bovey Chapel, Blake campus
During his 40-year career in public service, Mark Dayton served Minnesotans as commissioner of economic development, state auditor, United States senator and governor.
As the state's 40th governor (2011-19), Dayton helped Minnesota lead the nation's economic recovery — adding over 316,700 jobs, which turned a $6 billion deficit into repeated budget surpluses. He delivered on his campaign promises to increase education funding every year, to provide free, all-day kindergarten to Minnesota 5-year-olds and to greatly expand early childhood education.
Born in Minneapolis, Dayton grew up in Long Lake. He was an all-state hockey goalie for Blake and graduated, cum laude, from Yale University. He has two sons, Eric '99 and Andrew, and two grandsons, Hugo and George. He lives in Minneapolis and, for the first time in 50 years, is unemployed.