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Yvonne Prettner Solon

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Preceded by  Carol Molnau
Political party  DFL
Succeeded by  Tina Smith
Name  Yvonne Solon
Preceded by  Sam Solon
Spouse  Sam Solon (m. 1997–2001)
Succeeded by  Roger Reinert

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Born  February 3, 1946 (age 69) Minneapolis, Minnesota (1946-02-03)
Alma mater  University of Minnesota Duluth
Role  Former Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Education  University of Minnesota Duluth
Party  Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Previous office  Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota (2011–2015)
Residence  Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Children  Shelley Prettner, Matthew Prettner

Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon Announces the Minnesota School Breakfast Challenge

Yvonne Prettner Solon (born February 3, 1946 in Minneapolis) was the 47th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, from 2011 to 2015. She is the sixth consecutive woman to serve in that capacity and is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. She served with Governor Mark Dayton, who successfully ran for re-election, but she chose to retire at the end of her term.


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Prettner Solon completed her secondary education at Stanbrook Hall Preparatory School, a Roman Catholic school for girls in Duluth, Minnesota. She received a B.S.D. and a M.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

State Senate

Prettner Solon was a member of the Minnesota Senate representing District 7, which includes portions of St. Louis County in the northeastern part of the state. She was first elected in a January 2002 special election held after the death of her husband, Senator Sam Solon, on December 28, 2001. She was re-elected in the 2002 and 2006 general elections. Her special legislative concerns included economic development, education, health care, the environment, transportation, and jobs.


Solon was a member of the Senate's Capital Investment Committee, the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, the Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications Committee (which she chairs), and the Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. She also served on the Finance Subcommittee for the Health and Human Services Budget Division.

Lieutenant Governor

On May 24, 2010, gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton announced that Prettner Solon would be his lieutenant governor running mate in the 2010 election. In choosing her, Dayton said that "her thoughtful, sensitive and visionary leadership and public service are further informed by her life experiences, which have forged a woman I deeply respect and admire." The selection of Prettner Solon was seen as bringing balance to the Dayton Campaign.

On August 10, 2010, the Dayton-Prettner Solon ticket narrowly defeated Margaret Anderson Kelliher to earn the DFL nomination and a spot in the November general election. After a close election that included a recount, Dayton and Prettner Solon defeated the ticket of Tom Emmer and Annette Meeks in the November general election.


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