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Tim Pawlenty is the former governor of Minnesota and a former 2012 Republican candidate for President. In the governor's office from 2003-11, Pawlenty successfully closed a $4.5 billion budget deficit, enacted a performance-pay system for teachers, and dealt with the aftermath of the 2007 I-35 bridge collapse; he was on the 2008 McCain campaign's short list of vice-presidential running mates. He also served as a Minnesota state representative form 1992-2002. Pawlenty's autobiography, Courage to Stand: An American Story (2011), discusses his transition from the Catholic faith of his childhood to the evangelical faith of his wife; they currently attend Wooddale Church, led by Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Nonetheless, Pawlenty has only slowly begun publicly describing the role of faith in his political work. He heads the Freedom First PAC (political action committee).