Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

Born: November 27, 1960,St. Paul, Minnesota

Spouse(s): Mary Pawlenty

Children :Anna, Mara

Residence :Eagan, Minnesota

Alma mater: University of Minnesota (B.A.), University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.)



Political Career :

  • Appointed to the the Eagan city’s Planning Commission by then Mayor Vic Ellison
  • Elected to a term on the City Council
  • Campaign advisor for Jon Grunseth’s 1990 losing bid for Minnesota governor
  • 1992; Pawlenty was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and was re-elected to that seat five times
  • 1988; Pawlentyand waselected House Majority Leader when the Republicans became the majority party in the State Legislature
  • 2002; Pawlenty campaigned and won on a pledge not to raise taxes to balance the state’s budget deficit, requiring visa expiration dates on driver’s licenses, a 24-hour waiting period on abortions, implementing a conceal-carry gun law, and changing the state’s education requirements. Pawlentydefeated 2 challengers in the GOP primary and eventually his opponents in the general election.
  • 2006; Pawlenty was reelected Governor of a margin of little more than 1%. This victory was despite DFL gains in both the state House and State Senate and a big gains for Democrats nationally.


Pawlenty On The Issues


Foreign Policy Gun Control Budget & Economy Education
Homeland Security Crime Government Reform   Health Care
War & Peace Drugs Tax Reform Abortion
Free Trade Civil Rights Social Security Families & Children
Immigration  Jobs Welfare & Poverty Corporations
Energy & Oil  Environment Technology Principles & Values


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Since Tim Pawlenty became Governor of Minnesota, he has also become known as on the most energetic and innovatic Governors in the nation.

Tim Pawlenty had originally planned torun afainst incumbent liberal Democrat Paul Wellstone forthe US Senate in 2002. Several national Republican leaders including Vice President Dick Cheney, asked him to step aside to allow Norm Coleman to challenge Paul Wellstone. Pawlenty then decided to run for governor. The race saw four major-party candidates (the Republican, Democratic, Independence, and Green parties were all considered to be “major” by the state at the time). Pawlenty ran against Roger Moe (Democratic), Tim Penny (Independence), and Ken Pentel (Green).

He campaigned in 2002 on a pledge not to raise taxes to balance the state’s budget deficit. He also supported requiring visa expiration dates on driver’s licenses, a 24 hour waiting period on abortions, implementing the state’s conceal-carry gun law and changing the state’s education requirements. During the 2003 session, all these issues were passed except the “expiration dates on driver licenses”.

As Governor, Pawlenty has held the line on taxes, brought increased accountability to state government, made Minnesota a leader in energy reform, and dramatically improved K-12 education standards.

And Pawlenty has balanced Minnesota’s budget three times without raising taxes, despite facing record budget deficits.

Hismost notable accomplishments include toughening the state’s education standards; reforming the way teachers are paid through a nation-leading performance pay plan; proposing and signing into law significant new benefits for veterans and members of the military, implementing a plan to Americanize our energy sources by generating 25% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025, enacting a property tax cap, instituting free-market health care reforms that increase accountability and provide tax credits to encourage the use of health savings accounts, and eliminating the marriage penalty and cutting taxes.

Under Governor Pawlenty’s leadership, Minnesota leads the nation in a variety of measures. Minnesota ranks first among states in Fortune 500 companies per capita, first in overall quality of life, first in homeownership, first in percentage of residents with a high school diploma, and first in residents over 25 with a bachelors degree. Minnesota has the highest average ACT scores in the nation and is among the “Healthiest States in America.” (see http://www.governor.state.mn.us/welcome/aboutgovernorpawlenty/index.htm)


In 2008, Tim Pawlenty seemed to be a likely choice for Vice President on John McCain’s Republican presidential ticket. He was popular in a critical battleground state with a relatively large number of electoral votes and where the G.O.P. held its national convention, he was on the right side of taxes, budgets and, energy, and in many ways a reformer……something that we all wanted in 2008, and as we want more than ever in 2012.

But the political world was stunned when Pawlenty was overlooked in favor of Sarah Palin.

Tim Pawlenty must be considered a top tier candidate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. His name ID is up, his poll numbers in Minnesota are up, and his record shines. He also something else going for him. He is not viewed as a radical, right wing extremist. Even so, the left will try to paint him as a heartless conservative, who is out for himself and shaking babies and kissing hands on the campaign trail.

The question for Pawlenty is, will be able to prove himself conservative for the Republican base when being compared to the likes of Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, John Thune, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels and/or Jim DeMint.

Pawlenty can be the diplomatic conservative. He is even keeled, statesmanlike, innovative and tested. Not just any Republican can get reelected Governor and have a good chance at getting reelected to a third term.

In the final analysis, Tim Pawlenty will be one of the few candidates to beat in the G.O.P. nomination contest. He is well organized, has the necessary resources, and a solid record to run on. He comes from a region of the country that Republicans must be competitive in if they intend to win the White House and he has a good reputation in that region along with high name ID.

In 2012, Tim Pawlenty is one of three or four candidates whose race this is to lose.

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