Former Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty won't run in 2014, joins lobbying group
By Greg Janetka
ST. PAUL, Minnesota: Tim Pawlenty, the former two-term Governor of Minnesota and 2012 Presidential candidate, will not be running for political office in 2014. His name had been thrown around as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate and governor races, both of which are expected to be competitive.
Pawlenty had been serving as co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign but stepped down from the post last week to become CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, a Wall Street lobbying group. Tom Wilson, the group's chairman, stated, “He is exactly the kind of leader we need to continue to improve our industry’s reputation, advocate firm but fair regulation and help maintain our global leadership of the financial markets.”
Pawlenty served as Minnesota's 39th governor from January 6, 2003 - January 3, 2011. He was considered to be among the frontrunners for the Republican choice for Vice-President in 2008 as well as 2012. Pawlenty's own presidential campaign ended abruptly after a third-place finish in the Iowa straw poll on August 13, 2011.