Minnesota Governor-Elect Mark Dayton probably picked his Agriculture Commissioner for his experience in Agriculture. But it probably didn’t hurt that like Dayton, David Frederickson is also the survivor of an election recount.
Frederickson is currently Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Director of Agricultural Outreach. He is Dayton’s second commissioner-level appointment.
Frederickson’s resume includes being the President of both the Minnesota Farmer’s Union and the National Farmer’s Union. He was a DFL Minnesota State Senator from 1987-1992 representing Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Redwood, Swift, Yellow Medicine counties. He served on the agriculture committees for his entire tenure at the legislature.
“Dave Frederickson will be a tremendous Commissioner of Agriculture,” Dayton said. “He has outstanding qualifications: a farmer, former state legislator, President of both the Minnesota and the National Farmers Unions. Most importantly, he brings a deep commitment to public service and to improving our state’s critically important agriculture economy.”
“I am honored and privileged to serve the people of Minnesota as Commissioner of Agriculture,” said David Frederickson. “Governor-elect Dayton has a deep understanding and commitment to agricultural issues, and I greatly look forward to assisting him in keeping Minnesota’s agricultural community strong and prosperous.”
“Dave will be a fine State Agriculture Commissioner,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “He worked with me on the Farm Bill and I saw firsthand the respect he garners from farmers not only in Minnesota but across the country. We will miss his good humor and kind manner but we know he will hit the ground running in his new job.”
Like Dayton, Frederickson knows the delay of a recount. When he was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1986, Frederickson’s margin of victory over Randy P. Kamrath was only 45 votes so an automatic recount occurred. After the recount he was declared the winner by 32 votes.