Former Sen. Mark Dayton

Democrat  •  Minnesota 1 Terms  •  Sworn In 2001



Mark Dayton was born January 26, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dayton graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1969. He worked as a teacher in New York City and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Senate in 1982. Dayton served as a legislative assistant to Sen. Walter Mondale (1975-76), on the staff of then-Governor Rudy Perpich (1977-1978), and was the Commissioner of Economic Development (1978). Next he served as Minnesota Commissioner of Energy and Economic Development (1983-1986) and was Minnesota state auditor from 1991-1995. He was elected to the Senate in 2000, defeating Republican incumbent Rod Grams. Read More...

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