Ron Fournier, editorial director at the National Journal, interviews Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, about what political bankruptcy and gridlock means for the U.S. economy.
Ron Fournier is the senior political columnist and editorial director of National Journal. Prior to joining NJ, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington bureau chief. A Detroit native, Mr. Fournier began his career in Arkansas, first with the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and then with the Arkansas Democrat and the AP, where he covered the state legislature and Gov. Bill Clinton. In January 1993, Mr. Fournier moved to Washington, where he covered the White House and presidential campaigns for the AP.
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 nation’s financial system. He previously served as governor of the State of Minnesota (2003-2011). As his state’s 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 Minnesota’s 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 Governor’s Association (2007-2008), chair of the Education Commission of the States (2008-2010), and chair of the Midwest Governor’s 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.