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Carol Molnau

Lieutenant Gov. Carol Molnau

Latest statement about running for governor: Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau says she is still considering whether to make a run. “My family and I have done some talking and … we haven’t come to a conclusion,” Molnau said Aug. 6 at Farmfest.

Party: Republican

Current government position: Lieutenant governor 

Elected: 2002


Occupation: Farmer

Birth date: Sept. 17, 1949

Home: Chaska

Education: University of Minnesota

Website: Lieutenant governor’s office


Key issues and priorities: Transportation, agriculture

Political experience: While serving as lieutenant governor, Molnau served as commissioner of the Department of Transportation from 2004 until early 2008, when the DFL-controlled Senate removed her on a party-line vote. She was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1992 and served five terms.

Background articles:

MinnPost: “End of the road looms for Molnau”

Lieutenant governor’s office


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