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Minnesota Executive Council

The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration serves as the executive secretary of Minnesota's Executive Council, as directed in state law. The Executive Council is made up of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, and attorney general. The governor is chair.

The Executive Council was established by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 9. Chapter 9 also guides the powers and duties of the council.

Members of the Executive Council

  • Governor Mark Dayton
  • Lt. Governor Tina Smith
  • Attorney General Lori Swanson
  • Secretary of State Steve Simon
  • State Auditor Rebecca Otto

Executive Secretary: Commissioner of Administration Matt Massman

Role of the Executive Council

The Executive Council may do the following:

  • Designate banks, trust companies, or credit unions within the state as depositories to receive state funds (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 9.031).
  • Consider and propose to the legislature terms of settlement for all claims and controversies between the State of Minnesota and the United States over lands granted to the state by the United State Congress (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 9.041).
  • Respond to emergencies and disasters in the following ways (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 9.061):
    • Take necessary measures to prevent an impending disaster that threatens to destroy life or property;
    • Grant relief to communities stricken by disease, fire, action of the elements, or extreme economic distress;
    • Prevent the occurrence or spread of any disaster;
    • Grant relief to individuals or families adversely affected by a major disaster, in alignment with federal disaster relief laws and regulations; and
    • Repair state property damaged by a major disaster, in alignment with federal disaster relief laws and regulations.


The authority of the Executive Council includes but is not limited to the state laws listed below.


Executive Council Meetings

The Executive Council meets upon the call of the governor or the call of the executive secretary when a meeting is requested by three or more council members (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 9.021).

Executive Council Meeting Information

Including materials from past meetings and a schedule of upcoming meetings.

Engaging with the Minnesota Executive Council

If you would like to engage with the Minnesota Executive Council or participate in a council meeting, reference the tips below to learn how. Click on an item to see the associated information.

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