Public Figure Profiles

Tim Pawlenty

Timothy James Pawlenty is an American attorney, businessman, and politician who served as the 39th governor of Minnesota from 2003 to 2011. A member of the Republican Party, Pawlenty served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003, and as House Majority Leader from 1999 to 2003. In 2011, he ran for the Republican presidential nomination and was subsequently a leading contender to be Mitt Romney's running mate before serving as co-chair of Romney's campaign.

Pawlenty was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and raised in nearby South St. Paul. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in political science and a J.D. His early career included stints as a labor law attorney and the vice president of a software as a service company. After settling in Eagan with his wife, Pawlenty was appointed to the city's Planning Commission and was elected to the Eagan City Council at the age of 28. In 1992 he was elected to represent District 38B, in suburban Dakota County. He was reelected four times and was voted majority leader by House Republicans in 1998.

After narrowly winning the Republican gubernatorial primary in 2002, Pawlenty won the three-way general election. He was reelected in 2006 by a margin of less than one percent. His campaign platform focused on balancing the budget without raising taxes. During Pawlenty's governorship, he did not raise income taxes, but did increase some taxes and user fees. His administration advocated for numerous public works projects, including work on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line and the construction of Target Field (a Major League Baseball stadium in Minneapolis). He signed a bill mandating 20% ethanol in gasoline by 2013. He cut health care costs in an attempt to balance the budget and borrowed funds from the state's K-12 education and low income programs. He signed an executive order rejecting federal funds related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He also led worldwide trips for business leaders and trade delegations to explore trade opportunities. In the 2007–08 term, Pawlenty served as chairman of the National Governors Association.

Pawlenty was rumored to be a contender for both the Republican presidential and vice presidential nominations in the 2008 election, and he ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination from May to August 2011. After withdrawing from that race, he became a finalist to join Mitt Romney on the 2012 ticket as a vice presidential candidate. Pawlenty was not selected, but he served as co-chair of Romney's campaign. In September 2012, he left the campaign to become a Washington lobbyist for financial institutions. Pawlenty sought a third term as governor of Minnesota in the 2018 election, but lost the Republican primary to Jeff Johnson.As of 2022, Pawlenty is the most recent Republican to win statewide office in Minnesota, in his 2006 reelection as governor.

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Some of their strengths

Tim Pawlenty has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Creative, Adventurous, Independent, Imaginative, Generous, and Brave.

Adventurous and Independent

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Tim Pawlenty is someone who is an adventurous, independent, and energetic person, who is insightful, imaginative, generous, and honest. A person who really cares about helping others make the most of what they have.

Helpful and Supportive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Tim Pawlenty well know them as someone who can be accepting, supportive, and productive, like a garden.

Active and Ambitious

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Tim Pawlenty as someone who is active, ambitious, bold, and courageous.

A person who is driven and organized, is wise with money, who knows how to tell a good story, likes physical activity, and who loves learning.

Stable and Creative

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Tim Pawlenty is someone who thrives in volatile situations, and who tends to be a source of stability and comfort for others who are experiencing challenging times .

They are also someone who is balanced, stable, and energetic, who likes the idea of home and family, and who is very comfortable being the person in charge.

Optimistic and Quick-witted

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Tim Pawlenty tends to be someone who is optimistic and spontaneous, and who has a clear and analytical mind. Who can be witty, with a happy-go-lucky- nature that makes others cheerful, and who possesses an adventurous zest for life.

Some of Tim Pawlenty's challenges

While Tim Pawlenty has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Tim Pawlenty can be Impulsive, Short-tempered, Careless, Stubborn, Idle, Aggressive, and Irritable.

Impulsive and Careless

One of Tim Pawlenty's key challenges is that they are someone who can be impulsive and careless.

Impulsive and Aggressive

Tim Pawlenty is someone who can be impulsive, aggressive, and confrontational, can have difficulty listening to others, be moody and high strung, have conflict with authority figures, be too judgmental of others, and who can be overindulgent and extravagant.

Irritable and Callous

Finally, Tim Pawlenty also can be short-tempered, childish, insensitive, and careless at times.

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