Tina Smith, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, is lieutenant governor of Minnesota. Since taking office in January 2015, she has focused on issues including rural Internet access, early learning and job creation. She leads the the Destination Medical Center initiative, a multibillion-dollar public-private partnership to make Rochester "America's City for Health."
Before being elected lieutenant governor, Smith served as Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff. In that role, she managed the daily operations of state government and led the Dayton administration's Better Government Initiative, aimed at making state government more efficient and customer-friendly while saving taxpayer money.
Smith graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Before attending college, she worked in Prudhoe Bay on the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline.