Washington – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a onetime Republican presidential candidate who was considered a finalist to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, was named Thursday as the new head of a leading bank lobbying group.
Pawlenty, 51, will be the new chief executive officer of the Financial Services Roundtable, a Washington organization that represents 100 of the largest banking and financial services companies in the country.
Among its members are Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co.
A veteran politician, Pawlenty is poised to become a leading voice for an industry whose reputation has been hit hard by the financial crisis.
Pawlenty was governor of Minnesota from 2003 to 2011 and built a reputation as a fiscal conservative. He ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination but dropped out in August 2011 after finishing third in a key straw poll in Iowa.
Texas man executed for killing spree
Huntsville, Texas – An ex-convict who confessed to killing five people at a Dallas-area car wash a week after he was fired from his job there 12 years ago was executed Thursday.
Robert Wayne Harris, 40, received lethal injection less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused appeals to halt his punishment.
Harris expressed love to his brother and three friends who were watching through a window.
“I’m going home. I’m going home,” Harris said. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be alright. God bless, and the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers.”
He snored briefly as the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, then all breathing stopped. He was pronounced dead at 6:43 p.m., making him the eighth Texas inmate executed this year in the nation’s most active capital punishment state. Another execution is set for next week.