Gov. Tim Pawlenty won his office in 2002 in a three-way race, accumulating 45 percent of the vote cast. His election highlighted a Republican shift in Minnesota. Although faced with massive budget deficits from the start, Pawlenty's job approval ratings have been consistently high. The hallmark of his administration has been his decision to sign -- and stick by -- the Minnesota Taxpayers League no-new-taxes pledge.
Pawlenty's name has been mentioned quite often in musings about Minnesota politicians who may have a future in national politics. While insisting he has no designs on higher office, his visit to the Club for Growth in New York City during the 2004 Republican National Convention, raised eyebrows since the club is considered a kingmaker for politicians with an interest in a bigger stage. And club members were smitten with Pawlenty's stance on taxes and the economy.If he does have intentions beyond the governor's office, the election of 2006 is critical if he is to maintain a position from which he can launch other campaigns. He won the September 2006 primary, easily beating Sue Jeffers 89-to-11 percent.
November 27, 1960. South St. Paul, Minn.
Married to Mary, two children (Anna, Mara). Resides in Eagan. Protestant.
South St. Paul High School. BA Political science from University of Minnesota. Law degree from University of Minnesota.
|Major political experience:
Eagan City Council member. He served 10 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives, including four as House Majority Leader.
On the Issues
|Cigarette fee (3/13/06)|
|Dedicating sales tax to natural resources (3/13/06)|
|Dedicating motor vehicle sales tax to transportation (3/13/06)|
|Early childhood education (3/13/06)|
|Higher ed (3/13/06)|
|Health care (3/13/05)|
|Local government aid (3/13/06)|
|Marriage bill (3/13/06)|
|Smoking ban (3/13/05)|
Campaign Contribution Report
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|Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board 2006|
|MPR candidacy statement|
|MPR Midday interview (10/12/06)|
|Pawlenty's primary night speech (9/12/06)|
|Pawlenty appears on MPR's Midday. (8/14/06)|
|Pawlenty announces his QCare health care initiative (7/31/06)|
|Pawlenty's public policy speech at the Humphrey Institute (aired on Midday, 7/26/06)|
|Pawlenty's appearance on MPR's Midday after GOP convention (6/5/06)|
|Pawlenty's acceptance speech at GOP state convention (6/2/06)|
|Pawlenty announces candidacy for re-election (5/31/06)|
|News conference with Pawlenty and Sen. John McCain (4/12/06)|
|Meet the Candidates appearance on MPR's Midday (3/13/06)|
|State of the State 2006 (3/9/06)|
|Preview of China trip, re-election plans (Midmorning 10/27/05)|
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