|17th Minnesota State Auditor|
January 6, 2003 – January 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Judi Dutcher|
|Succeeded by||Rebecca Otto|
June 4, 1966 |
St. Paul, Minnesota
|Political party||Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Profession||business owner, former "think tank" president|
Patricia "Pat" Anderson (born June 4, 1966) is a Minnesota politician and former national committeewoman for Minnesota to the Republican National Committee. She served as the 17th State Auditor of Minnesota, from 2003 to 2007. Prior to this, she was mayor of Eagan, Minnesota for four years after serving as a city council member for eight years. She also owned Capitol Companies, a direct mail and third party verification business. She attended college and received her bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota, and later went on to earn a M.A. in Public Administration from Hamline University in Saint Paul.
2002 election as state auditor
A Republican, Anderson defeated State Treasurer Carol Johnson, a Democrat, and Independence Party candidate Dave Hutcheson in the 2002 state auditor's race. Incumbent Judi Dutcher had opted not to seek re-election in order to run for governor. She was elected as Pat Anderson Awada, the name she held prior to the finalization of her divorce in 2004.
State commissioner and Free Market Institute leadership
Anderson lost her re-election bid to former state representative Rebecca Otto in 2006. In January 2007, Governor Tim Pawlenty nominated her for a position is his cabinet as Commissioner of Employee Relations, with her responsibilities including the merger of that agency into the Department of Finance. At the time, news sources noted that, at the governor's direction, she intentionally worked herself out of a job in order to promote greater efficiency in government. She also served as president of the Minnesota Free Market Institute.
2010 run for governor and state auditor
On July 15, 2009, Anderson announced that she was running for governor of Minnesota in 2010. She touted herself as a "Libertarian-style Republican" who opposes corporate subsidies and represents the party's shifting priorities. However, on January 12, 2010, she announced that she was withdrawing from the governor's race and would again run for state auditor. Anderson lost her election bid to incumbent Rebecca Otto by over 20,000 votes.
On April 16, 2011, Anderson was elected national committeewoman for Minnesota to the Republican National Committee to serve out the remaining term of Evie Axdahl, who retired. She garnered 180 votes from delegates to the Republican Party of Minnesota's state central committee meeting in Bloomington. On May 19, 2012, Janet Biehoffer defeated Anderson 215-124 in her quest for a full term as a national committeewoman to the RNC. Anderson's campaign suffered as many of the state central committee members were upset by the election of Ron Paul supporters as delegates to the Republican National Convention. Biehoffer's campaign was largely funded by Native America casino interests in response to Anderson's lobbying for Racino.
- Star Tribune July 15, 2009: "Pat Anderson, ex-state auditor, to run for governor"
- Star Tribune 1/12/2010: "GOP's Anderson quits gov's race; says Coleman a factor"
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