Timothy James Walz ( born April 6, 1964) is an American politician who is the 41st governor of Minnesota, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he served as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 1st congressional district from 2007 to 2019. The district comprises the state’s southern end, running along the entire border with Iowa; it includes Rochester, Austin, Winona and Mankato. He was first elected in 2006, defeating six-term Republican incumbent Gil Gutknecht. He was reelected five times and served on the Agriculture Committee, Armed Services Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Walz also served on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. In March 2017 Walz announced that he would not run for reelection to Congress and instead run for Governor of Minnesota. On November 6, 2018, Walz was elected to the governorship, defeating the Republican nominee, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, who was also the unsuccessful 2014 nominee.