State of Minnesota
From birth, Mark Dayton was expected to carry on his family’s tradition of leadership. But the Blake School goalie chose government service over retailing as a career path. After inheriting a projected budget deficit in 2010, Minnesota voters rewarded Dayton in November for moving the state onto a more secure fiscal footing. In his second term, voters will look for him to tackle Minnesota’s educational achievement gap and deteriorating road system and to improve its business climate.