Who is Tim Walz   the governor of Minnesota?
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Who is Tim Walz?

Timothy James "Tim" Walz (born April 6, 1964) is an American politician and member of the Minnesota Democratic–farmer-labour Party who has served as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 1st congressional district since 2007.

A retired Command Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard, Walz is the highest-ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress. A moderate Democrat, Walz was first elected in 2006, defeating six-term Republican incumbent Gil Gutknecht. According to the peopleill.com, he has since been re-elected four times and serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees. Walz also serves on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

Early life and education of Tim Walz

Born in West Point, Nebraska, He is the son of Darlene R. and James F. "Jim" Walz. Walz graduated from Butte High School in a class of 25 students and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in social science education from Chadron State College.

Walz enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1981, and over the course of his 24-year career rose to the rank of command sergeant major. In 1989, he earned the title of Nebraska Citizen-Soldier of the Year. After a deployment to Italy with his Guard unit as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Walz retired from the Army National Guard and resumed teaching as a geography teacher and football coach at Mankato West Senior High School.

He and his wife Gwen ran Educational Travel Adventures, accompanying high school juniors and seniors on summer educational trips to China. Walz has two children—one daughter and one son.

Who is Tim Walz   the governor of Minnesota?
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The career of Tim Walz

Political campaigns

Walz decides to run for Congress in 2006. Walz had no opponent in the race for the DFL nomination for the seat in the September 12, 2006, primary election. He beat incumbent Republican Gil Gutknecht in the general election on November 7 and took office on January 3, 2007.

He was reelected in 2008 with 62 per cent of the vote, becoming only the second non-Republican to win a second full term in the district. He won a third term in 2010, defeating State Representative Randy Demmer with 50 per cent of the vote. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2014.

Walz in 2014

Upon his swearing-in, Walz became the highest-ranking retired enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress, as well as only the fourth Democrat/DFLer to represent the 1st District. The others were Thomas Wilson (1887–89), William Harries (1891–93), and Tim Penny 1983–1995 (DFL).

Walz serves on the House Agriculture Committee, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Armed Services Committee. Along with fellow Minnesota Democrat, Keith Ellison, Walz opposed President Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq. In his first week as a legislator, Walz co-sponsored a bill to raise the minimum wage, voted for stem cell research, voted to allow Medicare to negotiate pharmaceutical prices, and voiced support for pay-as-you-go budget rules, requiring that new spending or tax changes not add to the federal deficit.

Walz received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood in 2012, from the ACLU in 2011, from the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2009–10, from the AFL-CIO in 2010, from the Teamsters in 2009–10, and from NOW in 2007. In recent years he has received one-digit ratings from the National Taxpayers' Union, Citizens against Government Waste, Americans for Tax Reform, and Freedom Works. The US Chamber of Commerce gave him a 25% rating in 2010. Walz is ranked fourth in The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index for 2015.


Minnesota elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Minnesota, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election. As reported in Ballotpedia, the 41st and current governor is Tim Walz (D). Walz was first elected in 2018 and took office in January 2019.
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