Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

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The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the State of Minnesota and the state affiliate of the Democratic Party. It was created on April 15, 1944 with the merger of the Minnesota Democratic Party and the Farmer–Labor Party. Hubert H. Humphrey was instrumental in this merger. Members of the party are frequently referred to as DFLers.

Orville Freeman was elected the state's first DFL governor in 1954. Important members of the party have included Minneapolis mayor Hubert H. Humphrey and Minnesota Attorney General Walter Mondale, who each went on to be United States Senators, Vice Presidents of the United States, and unsuccessful Democratic nominees for president, Humphrey in 1968 and Mondale in 1984; Eugene McCarthy, a Senator who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968 as an anti-Vietnam War candidate; and Paul Wellstone, a Senator from 1991–2002 who became an icon of populist progressivism.[1] The party's headquarters are in Saint Paul.


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