On Monday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton heard directly from his second in command about whether or not she will join him on the fall ballot in a re-election run.
A meeting between Dayton and Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon was set to take place on Monday after she confirmed having come to a decision last week; however, she said she would not disclose it until meeting with the governor first.
While Prettner Solon remained undecided, Dayton also refused to address the topic. After the private Monday meeting, the governor's office confirmed that Prettner Solon will hold a press conference on Tuesday at 9 a.m. to discuss her plans.
In 2010, then-Democratic candidate Mark Dayton selected the former state senator from Duluth. While in office, Prettner Solon led a task force on Capitol security and also spearheaded initiatives focusing on senior citizens.
"I've had a very good 3 years," she said. "I'm pleased with the work I am doing on a number of initiatives."
WHAT DOES LT. GOVERNOR DO?
Prettner Solon's bio describes her as an advocate for Minnesota's seniors. She has represented the state a handful of times on international trade and policy exchange missions. she also chairs several commissions and committees on Dayton's behalf, including a panel devoted to improving safety inside the Capitol.
Yet, the state's historic site manager at the capitol, Brian Pease, says the state's No. 2 official rarely makes headlines.
"It's a position you don't hear much about. Part of that is they are more in the background," he said.
Pease explained that, throughout history, the lieutenant governor is rarely seen or heard. In fact, the most notable name in state history is that of Rudy Perpitch, who ascended to the state's top job when then-Gov. Wendell Anderson appointed himself as a U.S. senator.
"That would have been 1976," Pease said.
The current annual salary for Prettner Salon is $78,000 and change, and while some wait to see whether she will try to keep her position, others wonder if it is time to do away with it.
"What I really describe the lieutenant governor as is a publicly-paid campaigner for the governor," Hamline University professor David Schultz said.
Schultz says at least five states currently do not have a lieutenant governor.
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