Pawlenty was born and raised in Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1983 with a B.A. in political science and went on to earn his JD from University of Minnesota Law in 1986. Pawlenty got his first job as a labor law attorney and later became VP for a software service company Wizmo. He began his political career in Eagan, MN after being appointed to the city’s planning commission. The next year he was elected a term on the city council. Pawlenty eventually won a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. After being re-elected several times, Pawlenty became the house majority leader in 1998. Pawlenty then ran in the 2002 gubernatorial campaign, winning that race and won re-election in 2006. Pawlenty served out his term through 2010, but decided not to run again.
Current PositionFormer Governor of Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota