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Tim Pawlenty


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 6, 2003
Lieutenant(s) Carol Molnau
Preceded by Jesse Ventura
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born November 27, 1960 (1960-11-27) (age 46)
St. Paul, Minnesota Flag of Minnesota Flag of the United States
Political party Republican
Spouse Mary Pawlenty
Profession Lawyer
Religion Christian[1]

Timothy James (Tim) Pawlenty (born November 27, 1960) is an American politician from the Republican Party. He is the 39th and current Governor of Minnesota, and started his term on January 6, 2003. After winning re-election in 2006, he "downplayed any national ambitions" but some speculate that his vocal support of John McCain makes him a potential Vice Presidential candidate.[2] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2401x3000, 2197 KB) Summary Tim Pawlenty From the Minnesota Office of the Governor. ... The Governor of Minnesota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Minnesota, leading the states executive branch. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of Lieutenant Governors of the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Carol Molnau (b. ... Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... State capitol building in Saint Paul Saint Paul is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Minnesota. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Republican Party of Minnesota is the Minnesota branch of the United States Republican Party. ... Mary Anderson Pawlenty currently serves as Minnesotas First Lady and a district court judge. ... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions. ... The Republican Party of Minnesota is the Minnesota branch of the United States Republican Party. ... The Governor of Minnesota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Minnesota, leading the states executive branch. ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “McCain” redirects here. ...

Contents

Background

Pawlenty was born in St. Paul. He played hockey in high school, and has played non-competitively with the Minnesota Wild. He also has been afforded a weekly one-hour radio show on WCCO-AM, a tradition he inherited from Gov. Ventura. The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... WCCO is a set of radio and television stations with a storied history spanning more than 80 years that serves the Minneapolis-St. ...


He is one of five children born to a truck driver and a housewife. Raised a Roman Catholic, Pawlenty converted to the Lutheran faith as an adult. [1]. However, in recent years he has regularly attended Wooddale Church (a member of the Minnesota Baptist Conference) in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where his wife maintains membership, and where National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson serves as senior pastor. “Catholic Church” redirects here. ... The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ... Wooddale Church is a large Christian church currently meeting in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is... Location in Hennepin County Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin County founded 1858 incorporated 1960s Government  - Mayor Phil Young Area  - City  35. ... The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is an agency dedicated to coordinating cooperative ministry for evangelical denominations of Christians in the United States. ... Leith Anderson became the president of the U.S. National Association of Evangelicals, replacing Ted Haggard in November 2006. ...


In 2007, Pawlenty's wife, Mary Pawlenty stepped down from her post as a district court judge in Dakota County, Minnesota. The couple has two daughters, Anna and Mara. Mary Anderson Pawlenty currently serves as Minnesotas First Lady and a district court judge. ... Dakota County government building Dakota County courthouse Dakota County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ...


Pawlenty's brother Dan is the Public Works Superintendent for the city of White Bear Lake, a St. Paul suburb. Pawlenty and his brothers Dan and Steve play on a charity hockey team. They take on the appearance of the Hanson Brothers when in uniform.[specify] Pawlenty also likes to run. White Bear Lake is a city in Ramsey County, with a small portion in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. ... The Hanson Brothers from the film Slap Shot. ...


Pawlenty earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Minnesota, and worked as a labor law attorney. This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ...


Political career

Early career

Pawlenty entered politics as a City Council Member in the city of Eagan. In 1994, Pawlenty was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, after he chaired Jon Grunseth's losing bid for Governor. In 1999, he became the Republican Party Majority Leader when Republicans gained control of the House. As Majority Leader, he was instrumental in passing Governor Jesse Ventura's tax cuts. He briefly explored a race for governor in 1998. Location in Dakota County and the state of Minnesota. ... The Minnesota House of Representatives is the lower house in the Minnesota State Legislature. ... Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ...


2002 Senate campaign

Pawlenty initially wanted to run for governor in 2002 but party leaders made it clear that they favored businessman Brian Sullivan for that spot. So Pawlenty shifted his sights to the U.S. Senate. But he abandoned those plans when Vice President Dick Cheney asked him to step aside to allow former St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman to challenge Senator Paul Wellstone without Republican primary opposition. Pawlenty then decided to revert to his original gubernatorial ambitions and to challenge Sullivan.-1... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941), is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ... See Norman Jay Coleman for the former secretary of Agriculture. ... Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 - October 25, 2002) was a Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota, who served from his election in 1990 to his death in a plane crash in 2002. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...


2002 gubernatorial campaign

After a hard-fought and very narrow victory over Sullivan for party endorsment, Pawlenty in the general election faced two strong opponents. His main rival was veteran DFL state Senator Roger Moe. Complicating matters, former Democratic Congressman Tim Penny ran on the Independence Party ticket, with polls at times suggesting a very tight three-man race: for example, in September, 2002, the three were essentially tied. Pawlenty campaigned on a pledge not to raise taxes to balance the state's budget deficit, requiring visa expiration dates on driver's licenses, a 24 hour waiting period on abortions, implementing a conceal-carry gun law, and changing the state's education requirements. Pawlenty prevailed over both challengers at the polls. Analyses afterward indicated that his largest gains since the September poll were among voters in the suburbs of Minneapolis-St.Paul. Roger Moe (June 2, 1944 -) was a United States politician. ... Timothy James Penny (born November 19, 1951), is an American politician. ... “Taxes” redirects here. ... A budget deficit occurs when an entity (often a government) spends more money than it takes in. ... Entry visa valid in Schengen treaty countries. ... Current EU driving licence, German version - front 1. ... Gun politics in the United States Constitutional issues The private ownership of guns is an especially contentious political topic in the United States, where the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states: The meaning of this text remains fiercely debated, with some saying that the amendment only refers to...


As governor

Budget and economy

Pawlenty was elected on a platform of balancing the state's budget without raising taxes. During his first year as governor, Pawlenty balanced a $4.3 billion dollar deficit without raising taxes, mainly by reducing the rate of funding increases for state services, including funding for transportation, social services and welfare and cuts in areas such as local government aid (LGA). As a matter of economics, some argue that the savings Pawlenty claimed to achieve were illusory. In the next biennium budget, for instance, a reduction in state governmental aid to cities pressured many cities to increase local property taxes in addition to the expected reductions in local services. Nonetheless, reducing state costs, and keeping a campaign promise, was a political success.


A more controversial part of his approach to the budget came from his attempts to hold the line on taxes by raising fees instead. As members of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board complained, students' share of the cost of tuition increased by double-digit percentages in 2003 and the years following. Some defended the practice by citing increasing tuition at universities nationwide, liberals maintained that Minnesota had a special responsibility to ensure affordable higher education at its public universities. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) comprises 32 state-supported technical colleges, community colleges and state universities in Minnesota. ...


In 2005, a government shutdown resulted from a deadlock between the governor's office and the split-party legislature on the state budget. Transportation, state parks, and other key infrastructures were threatened with the shutdown, dampening the tourism industry.


In keeping his pledge not to raise taxes, Pawlenty has made a priority of finding alternative revenue resources for the state. One ambitious proposal was to enhance the Canterbury Park horse track into a "racino", which would be operated in cooperation with Native American tribes from the northern part of the state. This plan was poorly received by the few Native American tribes with casino ties very who already had established casinos in the state. A very small percentage of tribes actually receive any benefit from Native American casinos.[citation needed] Some social conservatives objected to an expansion of gambling on the grounds of immorality and some politicians feared losing a lucrative campaign financing source. Tribes with existing casinos spent millions nationwide lobbying legislatures in 2004. [2] Canterbury Park Logo Canterbury Park is a horse racing track located in Shakopee, Minnesota. ... A racino is a combined race track and casino. ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ...


A more popular strategy was to shift the budget burden onto cigarette smokers. But Pawlenty ran into obstacles as he was pressed between his pledge to not raise taxes and the need, which he acknowledged, for the state to take in more money while facing a $404 million budget deficit. Pawlenty proposed that the state collect 75 additional cents per pack of cigarettes, coined as a "health impact fee." Initially, the reaction of skeptics, including some at the Minnesota Taxpayers League, was that Pawlenty had reneged on his campaign promise, arguing that it was simply a tax increase by another name. The measure carried regardless, but victory was short-lived as the terms of the 1996 tobacco settlement stipulated that the state reserved a right to raise taxes -- but not fees -- on cigarettes. Cigarette wholesalers sued, and on December 21, 2005 a District Court judge struck down the fee. The Minnesota Supreme court later upheld the fee. is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On November 30, 2005, a $701 million projected surplus for the 2006-07 biennium was announced, the first budget surplus for the Minnesota state government since 2001. While this figure came as a considerable relief, it came just three weeks before Pawlenty's cigarette fee, or tax, was struck down in court. It also did not include over $700 million for budget deferments owed to the educational system under agreements negotiated during the 2002-04 and 2004-06 biennial budgets. is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pawlenty worked throughout 2006 to fund a Minnesota Twins baseball stadium using tax dollars and signed the resulting Minnesota Twins-Hennepin County ballpark bill at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome. The Minnesota Twins-Hennepin County ballpark bill exempted the county from a state law which normally required a referendum for any new local taxes, there by giving the people who pay the bulk of the tax no chance to vote it down. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960... Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. ... The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


In June of 2006, Pawlenty signed a $999.9 million public works bill that included funding for additional work on the Northstar Commuter rail line (a change in position from personal reservations about the idea initially), an expanded Faribault prison, a bioscience building at the University of Minnesota and science facilities at Minnesota State University Mankato. The bill also funded a $26 million dollar expansion of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.[3] The Northstar Corridor is a proposed commuter rail line that will serve a region which runs to the northwest from Minneapolis, Minnesota toward St. ... Nickname: Flambo or Faribo Motto: City of the Move Location in Rice County and the state of Minnesota. ... This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ... The Carlson School of Management (CSOM) is a premier business college for undergraduates and graduates. ...


Controversies

Pawlenty's time in office has not been without controversy and many of the controversies have revolved around his tax policies. For example, in 2004, after budget cuts in programs for sex offenders, sex offenders were placed in nursing homes and seniors were raped. Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch and others blamed the Pawlenty administration for these rapes. [3] A more recent example occurred in 2007 when a bridge collapse in Minneapolis killed nine persons and injured dozens of others. Many, including James Hovland, the mayor of Edina, have blamed Pawlenty's tax policies. [StarTribune, September 14, 2007, "James B. Hovland: A conflict at the helm of MnDOT?"]


Other controversies involved Pawlenty's choices of department heads. Pawlently chose Carol Molnau who also serves as Minnesota's lieutenant governor to serve as Minnesota's transportation commissioner. Never popular, Carol Molnau who does not have a college degree and says she does not read bridge inspection reports has become especially controversial since the bridge collapse. Countless writers have criticized her performance as transportation commissioner. Other controversial figures in the Pawlenty years have included Cheri Yecke who he chose as education commissioner. Yecke lost her job when Minnesota's Senate refused to confirm her. [4] In 2007, Pawlenty's commissioner of health, Carol Mandernach, resigned after years of credibility problems. "In 2004, her credibility suffered when a website posting by the department suggested that abortion might have a role in breast cancer." In 2007, Mandernach angered many when it was learned she had delayed releasing government research on cancer in miners. [StarTribune, August 22, 2007, State health commissioner resigns].


Education

During his term, Governor Pawlenty created the Minnesota Academic Standards and new graduation requirements; however, due to budget constraints, he was also the first Minnesota governor to reduce education funding. Reductions included $50 million from higher education and $27 million from K-12. Pawlenty's argument was those policies ensured accountability in education, while critics point to education bureaucratization and a push to encourage more privatized schooling.


Pawlenty's choice for state education commissioner, Cheri Pierson Yecke, was met with some controversy. After developing a state-mandated "Profiles in Learning" education standards plan, much of it had to be rewritten after hearing complaints from some teachers and parents. The revised plan was met with further concerns, especially regarding the lack of funding for implementation. Yecke was also criticized for backing the Governor's position on support for private schooling, which some saw as a lack of support for public education by her department. Yecke's reappointment was not renewed by the Minnesota Senate in May, 2004.


In June of 2006, Governor Pawlenty proposed a program that would send the top 25% of high school graduates to college. The program would pay for tuition for the first 2 years (4 years for selected fields such as science, technology, engineering and math) and would cost the state and estimated $112 million per 2-year cycle.


Transportation and agriculture

During Pawlenty's term, urban traffic congestion has come up as a significant concern of voters. He appointed his lieutenant governor, Carol Molnau as transportation commissioner, who has attempted to reform the transportation department, (Mn/DOT), using concepts such as "design-build". Carol Molnau (b. ... The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT, pronounced min-dot) oversees transportation by land, water, and air in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Design-Build(D-B) is a project delivery method in which the agency or owner holds a single contract with a single entity for both the design and construction of a project. ...


For most of his term, Pawlenty favored raising fees and imposing toll lanes on roads as the primary means of discouraging excessive traffic, despite local business support for building additional roads and improving infrastructure. Pawlenty used vetoes or threatened vetoes in both 2005 and 2007 to prevent $7.6 billion in funding for proposed highway expansion, infrastructure repairs, road maintenance, and mass transit from transportation bills in those respective years.[4] However, three days after the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge, Pawlenty announced his willingness to reverse his longstanding opposition to a state gas tax increase for funding road and bridge repairs.[5] The I-35W Mississippi River bridge was an eight-lane, steel truss bridge that carried Interstate 35W across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ...


During his term, the carpool lanes of Interstate 394 leading into downtown Minneapolis were converted into high-occupancy toll lanes. Pawlenty did not favor expansion of the metro area's light rail system. However, he changed his position in support of funding for Northstar Commuter Rail in late summer 2006, after polls [citation needed] have shown widespread support for it. A permanent, separated high-occupancy vehicle lane on I-91 in Connecticut A high occupancy vehicle (or HOV) is any vehicle with a driver and one or more (or sometimes two or more, or three or more) passengers. ... Interstate 394 heading Eastbound toward Downtown Minneapolis - Notice the right lane MnPass toll lane Interstate 394 is also a hypethetical future route designation for Michigan State Highway 14. ... “Minneapolis” redirects here. ... A high-occupancy toll (HOT) is a toll enacted on single-occupant vehicles who wish to use lanes or entire roads that are designated for the use of high-occupancy vehicles (HOVs, also known as carpools). ...


Minnesota has mandated a 10% mixture of gasoline and ethanol (gasohol) since 1997, while most cars are designed to safely handle 15%. Pawlenty signed into law in May 2005 a bill that will raise the minimum mandated mixture to 20% in 2013. Pawlenty has also lobbied the Governors' Ethanol Coalition to mandate higher ethanol use nationwide.[6] “Petrol” redirects here. ... Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol, drinking alcohol or grain alcohol, is a flammable, colorless, slightly toxic chemical compound, and is best known as the alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. ... The use of alcohol as a fuel for internal combustion engines, either alone or in combination with other fuels, has been given much attention mostly because of its possible environmental and long-term economical advantages over fossil fuels. ...


Prescription drugs

Governor Pawlenty initially supported, but later disapproved of[citation needed] the importation of less-expensive prescription drugs from Canada to be used with the state's MinnesotaCare health plan, and also as a means to band together with other states and negotiate lower drug prices. Many Minnesota residents traveled to Canada, as well, to get prescriptions filled and the governor was supportive of their efforts to save money. However, the U.S. government put pressure on Canada to cease these practices and banned the importation of drugs from Canada in 2006. MinnesotaCare is a health coverage program in the U.S. state of Minnesota for low-income individuals and families who do not have access to employee-sponsored health insurance. ...


Foreign relations

Since the 1980s, Minnesota governors have increased their travel abroad with the goal of increasing Minnesota's visibility around the world. For example, Governor Pawlenty took a delegation of nearly 200 Minnesotan business, government, academic and civic leaders on a voyage to China in mid-November, 2005. The objectives of the weeklong trip were to provide a forum for companies to acquire market information, assess market potential, evaluate market entry strategies and identify potential business partners, as well as to promote Chinese investment in Minnesota. Pawlenty also led Minnesota trade delegations to the Czech Republic in 2004 and Canada in 2003, and is planning one to India in October 2007.[7]


Pawlenty's first term coincided with the deployment of National Guardsmen from numerous states, connected with the War on Terror and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pawlenty made trips to Bosnia (2003), Kosovo (2004), Poland, Iraq and the Czech Republic visiting Minnesota troops. This article is about the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ...


He also welcomed Mexican President Vicente Fox in 2004 in an effort to strengthen trade. The president announced that his country would open a consulate in Minnesota the next year, removing the need for Mexican residents in the state to travel to Chicago for identification papers and other materials. The President of the United Mexican States is the head of state of Mexico. ... Vicente Fox Quesada (born July 2, 1942) was the President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. ... The rule of Napoleon Bonaparte after his coup detat in France had conducted the manners of French governmant under dictatorship and in a consulate. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...


Early in 2006, after issuing a study that estimated the cost of illegal immigration to the state as approximately $188 million, Pawlenty announced a program for reforming the way the state deals with persons who are in the United States without permission from the federal government. By mid-year he had begun to send Minnesota National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Critics have accused Pawlenty of exaggerating the dangers of illegal immigration -- an issue that arguably has more direct implications for southern and southwestern U.S. states than for Minnesota.


2006 re-election

Governor Pawlenty sought re-election in November 7, 2006. Governor Pawlenty won renomination in the Republican primary in September, and faced DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch, Peter Hutchinson of the Independence Party, and Ken Pentel of the Green Party in the November 7 general election. Pawlenty won, defeating Hatch by a margin of 1%. The 2006 Minnesota gubernatorial election took place on November 7, 2006. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) was created on April 15, 1944 when the Minnesota Democratic Party and Farmer-Labor Party merged to create the DFL. Hubert H. Humphrey was instrumental in this merger. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... Mike Hatch (born November 12, 1948) is an American politician, and was attorney general of Minnesota from 1999 - 2007. ... Peter Hutchinson (born December 17, 1949) is a candidate for the office of governor of Minnesota in the 2006 election. ... The Independence Party of Minnesota (often abbreviated MNIP, IP or IPM), formerly the Reform Party of Minnesota, is the third largest political party in Minnesota, behind the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and Republican Party. ... Ken Pentel is a political activist working in the Green Party of Minnesota. ... The Green Party of Minnesota is a political party with liberal and environmental policies. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


2010 campaign

Governor Pawlenty has not yet decided whether or not the seek a third term in 2010, though he is entitled to under Minnesota law.


One Democrat, Susan Gaertner, filed preliminary campaign paperwork for the race in April 2007. [5] Gaertner is the top prosecutor for Ramsey County, the second largest county in Minnesota and home to St. Paul. She was first elected to that office in 1994 and re-elected in 1998, 2002, and 2006. Ramsey County [2] is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... State capitol building in Saint Paul Saint Paul is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. ...


Another Democrat, former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, announced in May 2007 that he, too, plans to run for governor. He told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he "intends to run" in 2010. [6] Dayton previously ran for governor in 1998, placing fourth in the Democratic primary. Mark Brandt Dayton (born January 26, 1947) was a Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party U.S. Senator from Minnesota who served from 2001 – 2007 in the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses. ...


Presidential speculation

Governor Pawlenty was considered a potential candidate for President by some Minnesota bloggers.[8] After formally announcing this candidacy for a second term as Governor of Minnesota, however, Pawlenty announced that he would not seek national office during his term if he were re-elected.[citation needed] He has been mentioned in the press as a possible Republican Vice-Presidential nominee for the 2008 Presidential election, especially given his closeness with candidate U.S. Senator John McCain. On January 15, 2007 it was announced that Pawlenty would be serving in a lead role for McCain as a national co-chair of his presidential exploratory committee.[9] “McCain” redirects here. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

See also: Politics of Minnesota

Minnesota is known for a politically active citizenry, with populism being a longstanding force among the states political parties. ...

Electoral history

Minnesota Gubernatorial Election 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tim Pawlenty 997,907 44.4
Democratic Roger Moe 819,428 37.2
Independence Tim Penny 364,069 16.4
Green Ken Pentel 50,520 2.5
Minnesota Gubernatorial Election 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tim Pawlenty (Incumbent) 1,028,568 46.7 +2.3
Democratic Mike Hatch 1,007,460 45.7
Independence Peter Hutchinson 141,735 6.4

This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Roger Moe (June 2, 1944 -) was a United States politician. ... Timothy James Penny (born November 19, 1951), is an American politician. ... In American politics, the Green Party is a third party which has been active in some areas since the 1980s, but first gained widespread public attention for Ralph Naders presidential runs in 1996 and 2000. ... Ken Pentel is a political activist working in the Green Party of Minnesota. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Mike Hatch (born November 12, 1948) is an American politician, and was attorney general of Minnesota from 1999 - 2007. ... Peter Hutchinson (born December 17, 1949) is a candidate for the office of governor of Minnesota in the 2006 election. ...

External links

References

  1. ^ Legislators Past and Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved on 2007-08-23.
  2. ^ Mark Brunswick. "Pawlenty's time at McCain's side has observers talking about 2008", Star Tribune, 2 December 2007.  Retrieved on 13 December 2006
  3. ^ Legislature passes $1 billion public works bill Accessed 06/26/06
  4. ^ State House approves gas tax hike. KSTP (2007). Retrieved on 2007-08-03.
  5. ^ Jackson, Henry; Mark Scolforo (2007-08-04). Police Release List of 8 Bridge Missing. ABC News. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
  6. ^ McCallum, Laura (2005-09-26). Pawlenty pumps ethanol. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved on 2007-08-06.
  7. ^ Smith, Dane. Pawlenty plans trade mission to India, Star Tribune, January 30, 2007. Accessed January 30, 2007.
  8. ^ Marc Ambinder, "Conservatives Say Pawlenty Is Potential Presidential Candidate", ABC News, February 9, 2005.
  9. ^ Associated Press, "Pawlenty to co-chair McCain '08 exploratory committee", Star Tribune, January 15, 2007.
Political offices
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Jesse Ventura
Governor of Minnesota
2003 – present
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Janet Napolitano
Arizona
Chairman of National Governors Association
2007-2008
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Incumbent

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