Governor State Executive Office
Elections: 1857-present. Elections for Governor (and most constitutional offices) were held for two-year terms in odd-numbered years beginning in 1857. A constitutional amendment was passed in 1883 requiring state elections to be held in even-numbered years beginning in 1886 with the winners of state offices in 1883 serving three-year terms. From 1886 through 1960, gubernatorial terms remained two years - increasing to four years in 1962. Beginning in 1974, the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor were elected jointly on a single ticket. State primaries for Governor were first held in September 1912. There have never been term limits for the office in Minnesota history.