Mark Dayton broke a streak for Minnesota Democrats on Monday, becoming the first from his party to be elected governor in two decades.
Here’s an Associated Press article about Dayton taking office on Monday:
ST. PAUL â€” Democrat Mark Dayton has taken office as Minnesota governor, becoming the first from his party in the role in two decades.
Dayton took his oath Monday before hundreds at Landmark Center in St. Paul. He succeeds Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is considering seeking the presidency in 2012.
Pawlenty was among a host of dignitaries in attendance for the inaugural of the state’s 40th governor.
Dayton is a former U.S. senator. He outlasted a crowded Democratic field to win the party nomination and narrowly beat a Republican candidate in November.
His swearing-in broke what had been the third-longest Democratic drought for a governorship in any state.