Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess is latest preparing to leave Pawlenty administration

With just about six weeks left in the Pawlenty administration — barring an extended recount that keeps Tim Pawlenty in office a little longer — another key appointee is leaving for the consulting/lobbying world.

Ward Einess, who’s been revenue commissioner since 2007, will leave his state job Dec. 3 “to begin his own government affairs practice,” the governor’s office announced.

Last week, we learned Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson will leave the state Dec. 1 to join the legislative and regulatory practice of the Minneapolis law firm of Winthrop & Weinstine.

A statement from Pawlenty said nice things about Einess, calling him “a trusted adviser” and noting that he has been a “highly respected advocate for our agenda since the beginning of my administration. His commitment to sound tax policy and his bipartisan credibility with legislators has helped enact much-needed improvements to Minnesota’s tax system. I’m grateful for Ward’s exceptional leadership and counsel.”

Einess had also served as Pawlenty’s commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development and as senior adviser to the governor on issues related to tax policy, economic development, labor relations and commerce.

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