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The Office of the State Auditor has a long history, dating back before Minnesota’s entry into the Union. Prior to statehood, when Minnesota was a United States territory, there were four territorial auditors, officials charged with ensuring that the government’s finances were in order and handled properly. This continued when Minnesota became a state in 1858.

After statehood was granted, the constitutional office of State Auditor functioned as a controller for the executive branch of state government, approving expenditures in advance. A major reshuffling of responsibilities came in 1973 when the State Legislature gave the State Auditor the mission of auditing all local units of government. The Office of the Legislative Auditor was then charged with auditing state agencies and making recommendations for study topics to the Legislative Audit Commission. Previously, the Public Examiner, an official who was appointed by the Governor, carried out all audits of state agencies and local governments. That post was eliminated in the 1973 reorganization.

Minnesota State Auditors Since 1858

Name Residence    Assumed Office
Rebecca Otto Marine on St. Croix    January 2, 2007
Patricia Anderson Eagan    January 6, 2003
Judith H. Dutcher Minnetonka    January 3, 1995
Mark Dayton Minneapolis    January 7, 1991
Arne H. Carlson Roseville    January 4, 1979
Robert W. Mattson St. Paul    January 6, 1975
Rolland F. Hatfield St. Paul    January 4, 1971
William J. O'Brien Mendota Heights    March 7, 1969
Stafford King St. Paul    January 6, 1931
Ray P. Chase Anoka    January 5, 1921
J. A. O. Preus Minneapolis    January 5, 1915
Samuel G. Iverson Rushford    January 5, 1903
Robert C. Dunn Princeton    January 7, 1895
Adolph Biermann Rochester    January 5, 1891
W. W. Braden Preston    January 10, 1882
O. P. Whitcomb Rochester    January 13, 1873
Charles McIlrath St. Paul    January 1, 1861
W. F. Dunbar Caledonia    May 24, 1858
Territorial State Auditors
Julius Georgii St. Paul    January 17, 1854
Socrates Nelson Stillwater    May 15, 1853
Abraham Van Vorhees Stillwater    November 30, 1852
Jonathan McKusick Stillwater    November 3, 1849

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