When Minnesota lawmakers returned to the State Capitol after the bruising 2014 election campaign, Tina Smith was outside their offices to greet them.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is turning to a trusted adviser to be his running mate as he seeks a second term. Dayton has chosen Tina Flint Smith, his chief aide since he took office in 2011, to replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. Prettner Solon didn’t want to serve a second term.
LT. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon announced on Tuesday she will not seek re-election with Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. The former DFL state senator and Duluth city councilwoman said she considered her work on health care and seniors most rewarding during her term, but that she had “expected to be more involved in some policy initiatives and I found ways to do that.”
Minnesota’s lieutenant governor has gotten a unique view of her Capitol office — from thousands of feet up.
Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon brings state agency heads to the Iron Range this week as part of her “Bringing the Capitol to Greater Minnesota” tour.
Also sworn on Monday was Yvonne Prettner Solon as the new Lieutenant Governor. She has said she’ll be the voice for outstate Minnesota.
Hamline University Poli-Sci professor Dave Schultz comes back on the program to discuss the Lieutenant Governor candidates and the upcoming Gubernatorial race.
As the candidates for Governor get ready for the upcoming party primaries in Minnesota, many of them are announcing their running mates. The Lieutenant Governor announcement always gets a lot of attention during campaign season, but what does a Lieutenant Governor actually do?