Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and other elected officials to speak at DNC
Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Peggy Flanagan will speak at next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
The Minnesotans will be there in support of the Democrats' presumptive nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is expected to accept the nomination with a convention speech Thursday.
Flanagan, a DFL state representative from St. Louis Park who is a member of the White Earth Band, will be one of the few state legislators on a docket packed with national figures, including President Barack Obama.
Flanagan shares a common history with Clinton. Before her election, she was head of the Minnesota chapter of the Children's Defense Fund. Clinton worked at the Children's Defense Fund in the 1970s under liberal icon Marian Wright Edelman and then chaired its national board from 1986 to 1992.
No Minnesota Republicans have spoken at the GOP convention happening this week in Cleveland.