Tim Walz becomes 41st Governor of Minnesota

"If Washington won't lead, Minnesota will."

January 07, 2019 - 6:10 am

It's a big week the state's capital city, starting with Monday's swearing-in of Minnesota's 41st governor.

Tim Walz was sworn in during a ceremony at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St, Paul.

Joining him is Peggy Flangan as the state's new lieutenant governor.

Walz says he is a leader who can bridge ideological and rural-urban divides.

At the capitol building, Democrats will take control of the House, while Senate Republicans will have a two-seat majority, making Minnesota the only state with a divided legislature.

Divided government may function differently under Walz than under Gov. Mark Dayton, who found it hard to work with the GOP-controlled House last year.

It'll be up to Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and his committee chairs whether ideas from Democrats get anywhere in the Senate.

He's been sounding conciliatory while cautioning there are things his caucus won't accept.

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