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When Mark Dayton was sworn in as Minnesotas newest US Senator in January 2001 it was the latest stop in a career that has kept public service to Minnesota and to the nation as its top priority In more than three decades of service in a variety of capacities Mark has worked to use his skills and experience to make life better for the people of Minnesota and for people around the country Mark was born in Minneapolis on January 26 1947 and grew up in Minnesotas most prominent retailing family Mark could have chosen many careers but he chose to help those less fortunate than himself and he has dedicated himself to that end throughout his career After graduating cum laude from Yale University in 1969 where he played varsity ice hockey he worked for two years in the New York City Public Schools as a 9th grade general science teacher After spending the next four years as a counselor and administrator for a Boston social service agency Mark went to work as a legislative assistant to Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale where he worked on a variety of issues important to his home state In 1977 Mark returned to Minnesota to take a spot on Governor Rudy Perpichs staff After one year he was named the states Commissioner of Economic Development In 1982 he decided to make his own run for public office when challenged Republican US Senator David Durenberger in a hard-fought race Although he fell short he gave the popular incumbent by far the toughest race of his Senate career The following year Mark became Minnesotas Commissioner of Energy and Economic Development a post he held until 1986 In 1990 the people of Minnesota elected Mark to a four-year term as State Auditor Throughout his career he has also played an active role in helping Democratic candidates in Minnesota and across the country win public office and has been just as helpful
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