If John McCain had picked this man he would still be President and Tim VP! But failing to do so it looks 95% confident that Mitt will pick this man as VP!
So get to know him because he is an able politician and deeply conservative. More so than Mitt. And Tim is NO Harrold Stassen.
|39th Governor of Minnesota|
January 6, 2003 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Jesse Ventura|
|Succeeded by||Mark Dayton|
|Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Ted Winter|
|Succeeded by||Erik Paulsen|
|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from District 38B
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Art Seaberg|
|Succeeded by||Lynn Wardlow|
|Born||Timothy James Pawlenty
November 27, 1960 (age 51)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota|
|Religion||Baptist / Evangelical|
Timothy James “Tim” Pawlenty ( /pəˈlɛnti/; born November 27, 1960) is an American politician who served as the 39th Governor of Minnesota (2003–2011). He was a Republican candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election from May to August 2011. He previously served in the Minnesota House of Representatives (1993–2003) where he served two terms as majority leader.
Pawlenty was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and raised in nearby South St. Paul. He graduated from University of Minnesota with a B.A. in political science and earned a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. His early career included working as a labor law attorney and the vice president of a software company. After settling in the city of Eagan with his wife, Pawlenty was appointed to the city’s Planning Commission and was elected to the Eagan City Council at the age of 28. He won a seat as a state representative in 1992, representing District 38B in suburban Dakota County. He was re-elected four times, and voted majority leader by House Republicans in 1998.
After winning a narrow Republican primary in 2002, Pawlenty won a three-way election for Governor of Minnesota, and he was re-elected in 2006 by a margin of one percent. His campaign platform focused on balancing the budget without raising taxes. During Pawlenty’s governorship, he eliminated his state’s budget deficit using spending cuts and borrowing heavily from earmarked funds. Pawlenty did not raise income taxes during his governorship, but did enact targeted increases in sales tax and user fees. His administration advocated for numerous public works projects, including work on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line, and the construction of Target Field, a Major League Baseball stadium in Minneapolis. He signed a bill mandating 20% ethanol in gasoline by 2013. He cut health care spending to help balance the budget, and signed an executive order rejecting federal funds related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He led worldwide trips for business leaders and trade delegations to explore trade opportunities. In the 2007–2008 term he served as chairman of the National Governors Association.
Pawlenty was rumored as a contender for president as early as 2005, and was closely involved with U.S. Senator John McCain‘s presidential campaign in 2008. Pawlenty began early steps toward a run in late 2009. He formally announced his presidential campaign in May 2011, running on a strongly conservative platform. A day after coming in third place in the August 13, 2011 Ames Straw Poll, Governor Pawlenty announced that he was withdrawing from the race. On September 12, 2011, Pawlenty announced his endorsement of former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.
- 1 Early life, education, and early career
- 2 Minnesota House of Representatives
- 3 Governorship
- 4 McCain presidential campaign, 2008
- 5 Presidential race, 2012
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Public image
- 8 Records
- 9 References
- 10 External links