Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon is a Duluth native with a long and distinguished career in public service. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, she served on the Duluth City Council for 12 years and in the state Senate for nine years. In the Senate, the Lt. Governor distinguished herself as a health care and energy policy leader. She is known as someone who can bring people together to foster agreement.
Lt. Governor Prettner Solon is a passionate and relentless advocate for Minnesota seniors and Greater Minnesota. She established the Senior Linkage Line, a One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors as a single point of contact for seniors with questions about state services. She continues to focus on ensuring seniors are provided the necessary supports within their communities to remain viably connected, healthy and independent as long as they desire and are able. She is also working to develop programs to educate younger people about planning for retirement to cultivate quality of life and adequate resources as they age.
The Lt. Governor values her roots. She maintains regular office hours in Duluth and spearheads tours that bring the Capitol to Greater Minnesota.
She was appointed by her peers to the Executive Committee of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association and is the recipient of the Inaugural Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship award presented by General Electric.
Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon is a retired clinical psychologist. She received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
She has two married children and a grandchild, and enjoys spending time with them as well as reading, traveling, snorkeling, walking, and golfing.
As Lt. Governor, Yvonne Prettner Solon has set new achievement goals for Minnesota students, expanded opportunities for volunteerism, helped Minnesota’s aging population prepare for a more secure future, and empowered Minnesotans with disabilities to live more independent and fulfilling lives. By stimulating the international exchange of ideas, Lt. Governor Prettner Solon has also drawn on her legislative expertise to continue advancing Minnesota’s clean energy economy, and build on our state’s nation-leading stature in health care innovation.