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Pat Garofalo (Republican)

Pat is a life long resident of the area having grown up in Lakeville, graduating from Rosemount High School in 1989 and Mankato State University in 1994. Pat and his wife Julie live in Farmington with their two young children.

Pat is a consultant working as a network and voice engineer. Julie (Rohloff) Garofalo is a kindergarten teacher in the Farmington schools. The Garofalo family are members of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Farmington.

Pat was first elected to the legislature in 2004, receiving the highest percentage vote of any first time candidate during that election. In 2006 and 2008, Pat was re-elected by large margins. Some of Pat's top priorities at the legislature are job creation, improving educational outcomes, and reducing the amount of government held debt.

Pat has been honored by the newsletter Politics in Minnesota for special recognition as a 2006 Freshman Legislator of the Year. Recently, Pat followed in the footsteps of Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Congressman Erik Paulsen by being selected to the ACYPL Program. (American Council of Young Political Leaders) Currently, Pat is serving as the ranking minority lead on the House K-12 finance committee. Pat has been recognized as a leading education reformer who is focused on student achievement and teacher quality.

Info from Pat Garofalo's Website.

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