I think he will run for prez in next election~ and jesse Ventura for vice///
Timothy James "Tim" Pawlenty (born November 27, 1960) is the 39th and current Governor of Minnesota and a Republican. In the Minnesota gubernatorial election of 2002 he was elected governor and was inaugurated on January 6, 2003. He was re-elected in 2006. On June 2, 2009, Pawlenty announced he will not seek re-election for a third term.
Early years, education, and early career
Pawlenty was born on November 27, 1960, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and raised in nearby South St. Paul, one of five children of Eugene and Virginia (nee' Oldenburg) Pawlenty, a milk truck driver and a housewife. When he was 16, his mother died of cancer at the age of 50. Pawlenty took to ice hockey and played on his high school's junior varsity squad.
In 1983, Pawlenty received a B.A. degree in Political Science at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. In 1986, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. In law school, he met fellow student Mary Anderson and one year later they married, settling in Eagan, Minnesota.
As a practicing attorney, Pawlenty's first job was as a labor law attorney at the firm Rider Bennett, where he had interned during school. Later he was Vice President for a software-as-a-service company Wizmo Inc.
 Political career
 City and state legislative positions
While living in Eagan, Pawlenty was appointed to the city's Planning Commission by then Mayor Vic Ellison. One year later in 1989, at the age of 28, he was elected to a term on the City Council.
Pawlenty's start in state politics began as a campaign advisor for Jon Grunseth's 1990 losing bid for Minnesota governor. His connections to Grunseth's former wife, Vicky Tigwell, would later involve him in an ethics and accountability call with his private employment in 2003.
Pawlenty was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1992, winning 49 percent of the vote in District 38B (suburban Dakota County). He was re-elected five times and was chosen House Majority Leader when the Republicans became the majority party in the State Legislature in 1998. Independent Governor Jesse Ventura's tax cuts were a priority of Pawlenty's agenda.
 2002 gubernatorial 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. 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 returned to his original gubernatorial ambitions and won a hard-fought and very narrow victory over Sullivan for the party endorsement.
In the general election, Pawlenty faced two strong opponents. His main rival was veteran Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (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. 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. His largest gains since a poll conducted that September were among voters in the suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
 2006 re-election campaign
Main article: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2006
Pawlenty ran for re-election in 2006. He ran on conservative issues, though he was criticized by conservatives on funding issues including two stadium bills for the Gophers and Minnesota Twins, and transportation bonding which included the Northstar commuter rail line.
The 2006 gubernatorial race included Pawlenty's own 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%, though both the state House and Senate gained DFL majority.
See also: Politics of Minnesota
Pawlenty has decided to not seek a third term in 2010. Beginning in 2005, he was informally suggested by the press as a potential candidate for president. When formally announcing his candidacy for a second term as Governor of Minnesota on May 31, 2006, Pawlenty said, "As to my future, if I run for governor and win, I will serve out my term for four years as governor." On January 15, 2007, after being re-elected, Pawlenty said, "I am committed to serving out my term as governor. That's what I am going to do."
In January 2008 the Minneapolis Star Tribune suggested Pawlenty's renewed focus on his proposed immigration reform plans might be politically motivated as counter-balance to McCain's less favorable guest worker program. That month it was announced that Pawlenty would be serving in a lead role for McCain as a national co-chair of his presidential exploratory committee which led to Pawlenty becoming co-chairman of McCain's campaign (along with Phil Gramm and Tom Loeffler).
Though Pawlenty was widely considered to be a leading candidate for the vice-presidential nomination on the Republican ticket with John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin secured the position.
Pawlenty is considered a potential candidate in the 2012 presidential election. In a poll taken only a day after the 2008 election, Pawlenty garnered only 1% support among five other political heavyweights (which included Sarah Palin, who captured 64%, Mike Huckabee with 12%, and Mitt Romney close behind with 11%).
Pawlenty was elected in 2002 on a platform of balancing the state's budget without raising taxes. He emphasized his campaign and first term with the Taxpayers League of Minnesota slogan "no new taxes."
During his first year as governor, Pawlenty balanced a deficit of $4.3 billion without raising taxes, primarily by reducing the rate of funding increases for state services, including funding for transportation, social services, and welfare. The local government aid (LGA) program was further reduced to city governments only and program reform dollars were eliminated. In 2004, Attorney General Mike Hatch voiced dissent over the cuts and suggested that sex offenders found in some Minnesota nursing homes were the result of budget cuts to social services programs. Later in his first term, disagreement among parties led to a government shutdown in 2005 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 2006, the State announced its financial health had improved with a more than $2 billion budget surplus over the next three years. The Finance Commissioner cautioned the forecast does not include inflation.