Dayton becomes first Dem. Minn. Governor since '91

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former Sen. Mark Dayton has been sworn in as Minnesota's first Democratic Governor since 1991.

Dayton took his oath of office during a Monday ceremony attended by hundreds of people in an auditorium in St. Paul.

The Republican Party will hold majorities in both Houses of the State Legislature and Dayton called for bipartisan cooperation to help Minnesota deal with a state budget crisis.

The 63-year-old Dayton survived a close election that required a recount to become the state's 40th Governor. Democrats hold all of Minnesota's state and federal statewide offices for the first time since 1978.

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