Says top priority will be to put those in the middle, who are working hard and getting squeezed, first

Eagan—Tim Pawlenty today announced that he is running for Governor of Minnesota.

“My campaign for governor will focus on charting a better way forward for Minnesota families who see health care premiums skyrocketing, paychecks not increasing very fast, college costs and student debt rising —all while government spending and taxes climb through the roof,” said Pawlenty. “Minnesota deserves better and we need to hold government more accountable. I have the strength and experience to solve problems and bring Minnesotans together.”

Pawlenty was elected Governor in 2002 during tough economic times. But he balanced Minnesota’s budget by making tough choices and holding government accountable. As Governor, his education, healthcare, and energy initiatives were widely viewed as among the most innovative in the nation. During his time in office Minnesota finished #1 in the nation in ACT scores and ranked among the top three states in student math and science education.

Pawlenty increased education funding and cut waste. He held spending increases to the lowest level in 40 years. Minnesotans re-elected him to a second term. After leaving public office he served as leader of the Financial Services Roundtable.

In his announcement video, Pawlenty said, “My top priority will be to put those in the middle –who are working hard and getting squeezed –first.” He touched on several issues including education, vocational training, requiring government to verify the eligibility of people receiving state benefits, holding drug companies accountable for their role in the opioid crisis, and eliminating state taxes on Social Security for those who need it the most.

Over the past several weeks Pawlenty spoke with people from around Minnesota as he made his decision. He will continue to travel the state and talk with voters over the coming weeks.


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