Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty served as the 39th governor of Minnesota. Pawlenty was first elected governor in 2002, after serving 10 years in the state House of Representatives, and re-elected as governor in 2006. His signature issue was a "no new taxes" pledge, although he did agree to a statewide fee on cigarettes. Political opponents said his policies caused property taxes and other fees to rise dramatically during his tenure.

Political affiliation: Republican Party

Born: November 27, 1960. South St. Paul, Minn.

Personal: Married to Mary, two children (Anna, Mara). Resides in Eagan. Protestant.

Profession: Attorney

Education: South St. Paul High School. BA Political science from University of Minnesota. Law degree from University of Minnesota.

Major political experience: 39th Governor of Minnesota (2003-2011). He served 10 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives, including four as House Majority Leader. Eagan City Council member.

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