Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to Speak at Western Conservative Political Action Conference 2009

Newport Beach-- The Western Conservative Political Action Conference (WCPAC) announced today that the Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty will speak at this year’s conference, Oct. 16 and 17 at the Radisson Newport Beach, California.


Pawlenty is regarded as one of the nation’s most innovative, energetic, reform-minded and accomplished governors. He is a champion of taxpayer rights and has brought increased accountability to government. As the 39th Governor of Minn., Pawlenty has balanced the state’s budget three times without raising taxes, despite facing record budget deficits.

Pawlenty's most notable accomplishments include proposing and signing into law significant new benefits for veterans and members of the military; enacting a property tax cap, eliminating the marriage penalty and cutting taxes; toughening the state's education standards; reforming the way teachers are paid; instituting free-market health care reforms that increase accountability and providing tax credits to encourage the use of health savings accounts; and encouraging the use of renewable energy sources.

“We are honored to have such an accomplished conservative leader speak at our conference,” said Jim Lacy, chairman of Western CPAC, “We know Tim is committed to protecting the principals and values our nation was founded upon by the example he sets in Minnesota.”

Under Governor Pawlenty's leadership, Minnesota is first in the nation in a variety of measures: Minnesota ranks first among states in Fortune 500 companies per capita, first in overall quality of life, first in homeownership, first in percentage of residents with a high school diploma, and first in residents over 25 with a bachelors degree. Minnesota has the highest average ACT scores in the nation and is among the "Healthiest States in America."

“Tim is a leader we can trust,” said Lew Uhler, founder of the National Tax Limitation Committee and director of the American Conservative Union. “The WCPAC board welcomes his expertise and leadership to this conference.”

Pawlenty grew up in South St. Paul, Minn. The only child in his family to graduate from college, he attended the University of Minnesota and practiced law in the private sector. His public service career includes serving as a criminal prosecutor, Eagan city councilmember, and ten-year member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, including four years as House Majority Leader.

Pawlenty also served as chair of the National Governors Association and on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, the Achieve Inc. board of directors and the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute board of directors. He is chair of the Education Commission of the States and former chair of the Midwestern Governors Association.