Tina Smith

Lieutenant Governor
State of Minnesota

Tina Smith has emerged as the most visible and powerful lieutenant governor in modern Minnesota history. After Smith served as Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief of staff during his first term, Dayton chose her to be his running mate for a second. While many lieutenant governors labor in obscurity, Smith has been representing the governor on first-tier projects and issues, such as the Destination Medical Center project in Rochester, early childhood education and economic development. Could she could become Minnesota’s first woman governor? The Star Tribune examined a potential candidacy in a lengthy October profile.