Tim Pawlenty’s top priority as Minnesota’s next Governor will be to put those in the middle –who are working hard and getting squeezed –first. It’s a better way forward.
The proud son of a truck driver whose mom died when he was 16, Tim Pawlenty grew up in a working-class family in South St. Paul. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college, working his way through the University of Minnesota.
He 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. When Tim was Governor, Minnesota finished #1 in the nation in ACT scores and ranked among the top three states in student math and science education.
He 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 the leader of a large trade association–The Financial Services Roundtable.
And now he’s running for Governor because Minnesota faces new and difficult challenges in a changing economy. He knows how to bring people together and get important things done.
Tim Pawlenty has the strength and experience to solve problems and bring us together.
Tim and his wife, Mary, have two adult daughters. Tim and Mary have lived in the same home for nearly 25 years and have lived in Eagan for 30 years.