How many Democrats have been governor of Minnesota?

The answer will shock and amaze you.

At the moment, we don’t officially have a state level Democratic Party, but rather, a hybrid known as the Democratic Farm Labor (DFL) party. But there used to be a Democratic Party, and it provided the state with a total of four governors. The Farm Labor party supported three, and the DFL gave us five. So, one could say that the state of Minnesota has sort of had 12 governors from what is now the equivalent of the Democratic Party.

A grand total of 26 Minnesota governors have been Republicans, and one independence (That’s be Jesse). (That is a slight oversimplification, but you can look it up like I did and get the nuances.)

The most recent Democratic (DFL) Guber to win the Gubernatorial race was Rudy Perpich, who lost the 1990 election. He had been in for a couple of contiguous terms and maybe one non-contiguous terms.

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0 thoughts on “How many Democrats have been governor of Minnesota?

  1. I’d say “consecutive” for things that were adjacent in time but “contiguous” for things that are adjacent in space. “I consecutively parsed the elements in the contiguous array.” I don’t know if there’s an actual rule for that, though.

  2. I would say that “continuous” is closer to comprehension because it’s a more widely used word and it does refer to time (but can also refer to objects arrayed in such a manner that there is no clear boundary between them). However, I would also submit that “contiguous” is not wrong, since there is no reason that you can’t think of a time in office as a “block” that can be treated like a discrete object (if only in a symbolic sense).

  3. Continuous is wrong. Continuous means not ending, going on and on. To say “two continuous terms” makes no sense unless he was a despot for life, then he’d only need one continuous term.

    Consecutive is certainly a commonly used word in this context, and I could have used it.

    Contiguous is correct, however, and there is nothing wrong with switching up the words now and then.



    1. touching; in contact.
    2. in close proximity without actually touching; near.
    3. adjacent in time: contiguous events.

    The term contiguous is often used in the context of elected terms, I’ve seen it in bylaws, for instance. It might be an older usage in this sense but again, not incorrect.

    Now we should parse “Farm Labor” …

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