Gov. Tim Pawlenty
President and CEO
Financial Services Roundtable
Tim Pawlenty serves as president and CEO of The Financial Services Roundtable which represents leading financial service companies in their efforts to protect the security, integrity and success of our nations financial system.
He previously served as governor of the State of Minnesota (2003-2011). As his states CEO, he was responsible for a $50 billion biennial budget, 30,000 employees and over 20 agencies and departments. His work as governor included promoting international business opportunities through trade missions to nine countries. As governor, he was also responsible for disaster preparedness and response, appointment of judges, and for serving as commander in chief of Minnesotas National Guard. As chair of the State Board of Investment, Mr. Pawlenty provided oversight over $60 billion in investments. His education, health care and energy initiatives were widely viewed as among the most innovative in the nation.
He served as chair of the National Governors Association (2007-2008), chair of the Education Commission of the States (2008-2010), and chair of the Midwest Governors Association (2006-2007).
From 1986 to 2000, Mr. Pawlenty practiced law in the areas of criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appeals. He also served as vice president of corporate development for Wizmo, an early stage technology services company. He has served as a board member for numerous companies. Mr. Pawlenty served in the Minnesota House of Representatives (1993-2003) where he was elected majority leader by his colleagues (1999-2003).
He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota with Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honors. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.