Tim Walz


State of Minnesota




Gov. Tim Walz will enter the 2020 legislative session with functional working relationships with DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. While national politics are hyperpartisan, Walz focused on reaching compromises with legislators in 2019, which places him in a solid position to negotiate the 2020 bonding bill that will include road, bridge, and education projects. Although the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Business Partnership have disagreed with Walz on some policy proposals, they’ve given the governor high marks for finding common ground. Thorny issues such as raising the gas tax remain on the governor’s agenda. In 2020, expect Walz to travel extensively to campaign for DFL legislative candidates in hopes of recapturing the state Senate to create a DFL legislative majority for governing.