NEA supports

Tim Walz

for Governor, Minnesota

Current Office

Governor, Minnesota

On the Record

  • “Minnesota needs to have fully-funded schools and be able to recruit and retain quality teachers. Supporting Minnesota's economy and education system also means addressing issues like child care and housing shortages.”

    Jul. 2, 2018, Marshall Independent

  • “This is our number one natural resource—our people. As Minnesota becomes more diverse, it is also crucial to close the achievement gap for students of color.”

    Jul. 2, 2018, Marshall Independent

Talking Points

  • As a former high school teacher in Minnesota's public schools, Tim Walz understands how important it is for educators to have a voice.
  • Tim is committed to strengthening our public schools through closing opportunity gaps, expanding pre-K, and recruiting and retaining more teachers of color.
  • As a member of Congress, Tim has been a champion for increased funding for our public schools and enabling access to affordable higher education.
  • Tim has earned statewide recognition for his teaching. He earned in the Mankato Teacher of the Year award.


Tim Walz has always understood the importance of a high-quality public education. Raised in a small Nebraska town by a public school administrator and community activist, Tim learned how to fuse his love of education with his desire to service others.

Tim enlisted in the Army National guard at the age of 17 and served with distinction until 2005, making him the longest serving veteran in Congress. Tim’s first teaching job was at the Native American Reservation in Pine Ridge, S.D. In Minnesota, Tim was a high school teacher and football coach for decades. In addition to being an award-winning educator, he helped lead the Mankato West football team to its first state championship.

As a member of Congress, Tim’s experience as an educator has informed his policy choices. He stood up for more funding for public schools and for more-affordable higher education. He has also cosponsored legislation in support of equal pay for equal work and increases in the federal minimum wage.

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