Pawlenty Enters Final Week, Dayton Preparing Cabinet
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is entering his final week as Minnesota’s top official. Governor Elect Mark Dayton will be sworn in on Monday, January 3. Pawlenty has served as Governor for the past eight years, and many media outlets report that he’s planning a book tour and a possible run for the presidency. WCCO reports that an announcement about Pawlenty’s potential presidential run could come as early as March.
Meanwhile, Dayton is already assembling the team he will use to begin Governing. Key commissioner slots to be filled include the departments that oversee the budget, tax collections, unemployment benefits and education. Dayton is also searching for people to lead agencies for prisons, public safety, veteran affairs and natural resources.
Dayton is building the first Democratic cabinet from the ground up since 1983. There hasn’t been a Democrat serving as governor since Rudy Perpich left office after consecutive terms in 1991.