Candidate Summary, 2012 Cycle
Former governor of Minnesota
Pawlenty, born in 1960, is the former governor of Minnesota, serving in that capacity from 2003 to January 2011. On May 23, 2011, Pawlenty formally announced he'd run for the Republican presidential nomination, saying, “politicians are often afraid that if they're too honest, they might lose an election. I'm afraid that in 2012, if we're not honest enough, we may lose our country.”
Pawlenty had for months been poised to formally enter the race, with media outlets reporting he would announce a White House bid on May 23 in Iowa.
Although considered as a potential vice presidential candidate during 2008, GOP nominee John McCain selected then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Since then, Pawlenty has written a book and made regular visits to key presidential battleground states such as Iowa.
Pawlenty also maintains an active federal political action committee, the Freedom First PAC, which during the 2010 election cycle raised $3.4 million and spent $3.2 million.
Prior to his presidential run and years as Minnesota's governor, Pawlenty also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003, with those final four years spent working as Republican majority leader.
Pawlenty dropped out of the presidential race on Aug. 14, 2011, after finishing third in the Ames Straw Poll.
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2012 election cycle.
Summary and Fundraising by Quarter numbers are based on
Federal Election Commission data released electronically on September 20, 2008. All other numbers
are based on data released electronically on Monday, March 25, 2013.
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