Tim Pawlenty

Timothy James Pawlenty is an American Republican politician and businessman who served as 39th Governor of Minnesota.

Born November 27, 1960 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Pawlenty began politics as a member of Egan City Council. In 1992, he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 38B in suburban Dakota County, and became majority leader by House Republicans in 1998. Pawlenty was elected as Governor of Minnesota, both in 2002 and 2006. His governorship from 2003 to 2011 was noted for his “no new taxes” pledge, lowering of state spending, and controversial bonding bills. Pawlenty sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination from May to August 2011.

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