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Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney supports raising the minimum wage

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney supports raising the minimum wage

NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) --Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he supports raising the minimum wage, breaking ranks from most other Republicans.
Ananth Baliga
Electorate return Obama to White House

Electorate return Obama to White House

After a long, expensive and sometimes nasty presidential campaign, the U.S. voting public opted to go "Forward" with President Obama rather than heed Mitt Romney's call to "Believe in America."
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Minn.'s Pawlenty to lead K Street group

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- One-time Republican presidential hopeful and ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will lead Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, the group said Thursday.
Pawlenty: Romney's business acumen needed

Pawlenty: Romney's business acumen needed

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney is experienced in business, creating jobs and streamlining government -- the opposite of President Obama, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said.
RNC opens, goes into recess

RNC opens, goes into recess

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The 2012 Republican National Convention was gaveled in Monday by national GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, then immediately recessed until Tuesday.

GOP convention to finish Thursday night

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Republican officials say party delegates will get Mitt Romney nominated and wrap up business by Thursday night in Tampa, Fla., despite Tropical Storm Isaac.
Pawlenty takes Ryan nomination in stride

Pawlenty takes Ryan nomination in stride

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Sunday he is still a Mitt Romney man despite being passed over as the Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate.
Romney names Ryan as VP running mate

Romney names Ryan as VP running mate

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney Saturday introduced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Analysts: Ryan puts focus on economy

Analysts: Ryan puts focus on economy

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate signals he wants to change the focus of the U.S. presidential campaign, analysts say.
Romney to name running mate Saturday

Romney to name running mate Saturday

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney will name his vice presidential running mate Saturday morning in Virginia, his campaign announced Friday night.
Wall Street Journal backs Paul Ryan as VP

Wall Street Journal backs Paul Ryan as VP

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The Wall Street Journal said Thursday U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R.-Wis., should be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's pick for running mate.

Portman: I don't think I'll be Romney's VP

DENVER, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, often cited as a possible Mitt Romney running mate, doubts he'll get the call, amid a report Romney could reveal his choice Thursday.
Cheney: Romney needs good VP pick

Cheney: Romney needs good VP pick

JACKSON HOLE, Wis., July 29 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney must handle his running mate selection better than John McCain.
Pawlenty: Obama 'all foam, no beer'

Pawlenty: Obama 'all foam, no beer'

RALEIGH, N.C., July 28 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney backer Tim Pawlenty Saturday panned U.S. President Barack Obama as "all foam and no beer."
Poll: Condoleezza Rice top VP choice

Poll: Condoleezza Rice top VP choice

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is the top pick for Mitt Romney's running mate among U.S. voters and Republicans, a Fox News poll indicated.
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Republican Presidential hopeful, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty speaks to students at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies on June 7, 2011 in Chicago. Pawlenty discussed his views on the nation's economy as well as his ideas to increase investment and innovation. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Timothy James "Tim" Pawlenty (pronounced /pəˈlɛnti/; born November 27, 1960) is an American politician who served as the 39th Governor of Minnesota (2003–2011). He is 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 the city of 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. 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.

He won a narrow Republican primary in 2002 followed by a three-way election for Governor of Minnesota. His platform focused on balancing the budget without raising taxes. He was re-elected in 2006 by a margin of one percent. Pawlenty eliminated his state's budget deficit using spending cuts and borrowing heavily from earmarked funds. 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 spending to help balance the budget, and signed an executive order rejecting federal funds related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He led worldwide trips for business leaders and trade delegations to explore trade opportunities. In the 2007–2008 term he served as chairman of the National Governors Association.

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