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Tim Pawlenty (’86) Announces Bid for Presidency

MAY 24, 2011—Former Minnesota Governor and Class of 1986 Law School alumnus Tim Pawlenty unofficially announced his candidacy for president of the United States on Sunday in a short video released on his Web site www.TimPawlenty.com. His campaign staff called the video a preview of what Pawlenty would say in his official announcement.

The official kickoff of Pawlenty's bid for the Republican nomination was held yesterday at the State Historical Building in Des Moines, Iowa. According to a May 23 article in the Washington Post, "The former Minnesota governor cast himself as a serious candidate for serious times and presented a bold agenda to substantially scale back the role of government."

The South St. Paul native got his start in politics as a City Council member in Eagan, Minn., while also practicing law. He was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1993 and served there until 2002 (as Republican Party Majority Leader from 1999). Pawlenty was elected Minnesota's 39th governor in 2002 and reelected in 2006. He is married to Mary Anderson Pawlenty, also a 1986 graduate of the Law School.


Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty (’86)