Jim Schowalter

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Jim Schowalter
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Minnesota Commissioner of Management and Budget
Former officeholder
In office
January 3, 2011 - December 2014
Base salary$119,059
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGov. Mark Dayton
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMacalester College
Master'sHarvard University
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Jim Schowalter is the former Minnesota Commissioner of Management and Budget. He was appointed in 2011 by Gov. Mark Dayton.[1] Schowalter stepped down from office in December 2014 to become the president and CEO of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans.[2]


Schowalter originally hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but currently lives in Eagan, Minnesota.[3]

Prior to being appointed, Schowalter served as the department's deputy director. Previously, Jim served as assistant commissioner and state budget director. After assuming that position in 2004, he led the budget process for the state for six years. He served on the Board of the National Association of State Budget Officers and frequently testified before the state legislature. He has also served as executive budget coordinator for health and human services and local government, as well as executive budget officer.[3]

Before coming to Minnesota, Schowalter worked as regional economist at the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as budget officer at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.[3]


  • Master's degree in public policy, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in economics, Macalester College[3]

Political career

Commissioner of Management and Budget (2011-2014)

Schowalter was appointed in 2011 by Gov. Mark Dayton.[3] He served in the position until his resignation in December 2014.[2]



Schowalter was appointed to the statewide post of Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget by Gov. Mark Dayton on January 3, 2011.

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Preceded by
Minnesota Commissioner of Management and Budget
Succeeded by
Myron Frans