Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered a front-runner in 2008
to be John McCain’s VP nomination and a contender for the GOP
presidential nomination in 2012, will be the keynote speaker at
the state Republican
Party’s convention a state Republican Party event in
The party’s press release follows.
Chairman Luke Esser of the Washington State Republican Party announced today that Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) will deliver the keynote address at the 28th Annual WSRP Gala Dinner & Auction to be held Saturday, April 24 at the Bellevue Hilton.
Governor Pawlenty is currently serving his second term as the 39th governor of Minnesota, a term that concludes in 2011. Pawlenty’s career of public service includes experience as a city councilman, ten-year member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, four years of which he spent as House Majority Leader.
Pawlenty also served as Chairman of the National Governors Association. During the 2008 Presidential Election, he served as a national co-chair for Sen. John McCain, and since then he has remained a national figure in Republican politics.
“Governor Pawlenty is a rising star in GOP politics for several very good reasons,” said Esser. “The Governor believes in common sense conservative principles, and has balanced his state’s budget three times without raising taxes, despite facing record budget deficits.
“It is precisely that track record of success and respect for taxpayers which has earned Governor Pawlenty a reputation as one of the most innovative, energetic, reform-minded and accomplished governors.
“We are excited that Governor Pawlenty has accepted our invitation to speak at our annual spring dinner and auction, and look forward to hearing his vision for how the GOP can win in 2010, and effectively govern after our electoral successes.”