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Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Restoring America's Greatness

with former Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty

Photo of Tim PawlentyFormer Governor Tim Pawlenty will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing America and the stakes of the 2012 presidential election.


Tim Pawlenty served as the 39th Governor of Minnesota (2003–2011). He was a Republican candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election. He previously served in the Minnesota House of Representatives (1993–2003) where he served two terms as majority leader.

Pawlenty was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and raised in nearby South St. Paul. He graduated from University of Minnesota with a B.A. in political science and earned a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. His early career included working as a labor law attorney and the vice president of a software company. After settling in Eagan, Pawlenty was appointed to the city's Planning Commission and was elected to the Eagan City Council at the age of 28. He won a seat as a state representative in 1992, representing District 38B in suburban Dakota County. He was re-elected four times, and voted majority leader by House Republicans in 1998.

Pawlenty became the 39th governor of Minnesota starting his term on January 6, 2003. He was re-elected in 2006 and served until 2011. In 2007 and 2008 he served as chairman of the National Governors Association.

In March of 2011, he announced he was a launching a presidential exploratory committee and was a Republican candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election.


Monday, May 14, 2012
Noon-1:30 pm


Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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