|Assumed office |
January 6, 2003
|Preceded by||Mae Schunk|
|Born||September 17, 1949 |
Carol Molnau (b. This is a list of Lieutenant Governors of the US state of Minnesota. Events 1066 - Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England. 1205 - Philip of Swabia becomes King Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Timothy James Pawlenty (born November 27 1960 is the 39th and current Governor of Minnesota and a member of the Republican Party. Mae A Schunk (born May 21 1934, Greenwood Wisconsin) served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003 Events 1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought 1462 - The Battle of Świecino (or Battle of Żarnowiec Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Waconia is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. A farmer is a person who raises living organisms for food or raw materials September 17, 1949) is the 46th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota. Events 1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought 1462 - The Battle of Świecino (or Battle of Żarnowiec Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A Lieutenant Governor is a high officer of state whose precise role and rank vary by jurisdiction Minnesota ( Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers She formerly served as head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). The Minnesota Department of Transportation ( Mn/DOT, pronounced "min-dot" oversees transportation by land water and air in the U She is known for her opposition to state funding of the mass transit systems of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area.
Born in Carver County, Minnesota, she was elected as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1992 and served five terms. Carver County is a County located in the US state of Minnesota The Minnesota House of Representatives is the lower house in the Minnesota State Legislature. Molnau announced she would not run for re-election after she sold her farm to developers and would no longer be living in the area she represented. She joined the Pawlenty ticket shortly thereafter, and was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2002.
The Minnesota Senate Transportation Committee voted in March 2004 to remove Molnau from her position as commissioner of Mn/DOT with some lawmakers citing that she lacked vision for the transportation needs of the state.  The full senate later voted to confirm her.  In Summer 2005, rumors began circulating that Governor Tim Pawlenty would drop Molnau from his ticket when he sought re-election in 2006, mainly because of their differences over state funding for the planned Northstar Commuter Rail linking St. Cloud and the Twin Cities. Timothy James Pawlenty (born November 27 1960 is the 39th and current Governor of Minnesota and a member of the Republican Party. St Cloud (ˌseɪntˈklaʊd is a city in the US state of Minnesota and the largest population center in the state's central region  Pawlenty denied those rumors on August 1, 2005 and Molnau remained on the ticket, winning reelection on November 7, 2006. Events 30 BC - Octavian (later known as Augustus enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1492 - The Ensisheim Meteorite the oldest Meteorite with a known date of impact strikes the Earth around noon in a Wheat Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Then, in January 2007, as part of a renewed threat to remove her, Senator Steve Murphy opined that under Molnau the state's transportation infrastructure was "crumbling. "
In 2006, Molnau requested bids for a major highway reconstruction of Minnesota State Highway 62 and Interstate Highway 35W. For the highway in southwestern Minnesota numbered 62 between Windom and Fulda, see Minnesota State Highway 62 (west. Interstate 35W (I-35W an Interstate highway in Minnesota, is the western route of Interstate 35. Molnau's office required applicants to pay all construction projects as they did the work, with the state reimbursing the contractor over the course of the project. As a result, no contractors submitted bids and the project was shelved until new funding streams could be developed a year later. 
In 2007 the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. The I-35W Mississippi River bridge (officially known simply as Bridge 9340) was an eight-lane steel Truss arch bridge that carried Interstate 35W across Molnau was unable to immediately assist in her capacity as Commissioner of Transportation because she was in China at the time. China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National Molnau responded to complaints over her absence by stating she was presenting a paper on transportation. Subsequently some state legislators blamed her for her role as transportation commissioner for failing to advocate for robust funding of the state's transportation infrastructure, while Governor Pawlenty continued to support her. Timothy James Pawlenty (born November 27 1960 is the 39th and current Governor of Minnesota and a member of the Republican Party.  Molnau was a controversial transportation commissioner; while she does not have a college degree and said she did not read bridge inspection reports, she frequently promoted herself as a transportation expert while refusing to ask for funding to fix hundreds of problem bridges in Minnesota. She defended her leadership, citing that three members of her leadership team were engineers.  The bridge that collapsed was one of those problem bridges that inspectors found to be structurally deficient.  The required repairs were not made before the tragedy.  A plan to strengthen the fatiguing steel trusses under the bridge was scrapped, some claim in part due to the $2 million cost of those repairs, although MNDoT engineers "scoffed" at the suggestion that this was a major factor in the decision.  From 2003 through August 2007, Mn/DOT had reduced its staff of 4,500 by 600.  Her critics claim that her focus was on new roads—not maintenance of existing ones.  In September 2007 the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Molnau's Director of Emergency Response was attending a class at Harvard on Emergency Response. The Director did not return when the bridge collapsed, and proceeded to spend several days in Washington, DC before returning to Minnesota over a week later. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D The Director has since been terminated after the outcome of an investigation by the State's Legislative Auditor and the Department of Transportation.
After the I-35 bridge collapse some lawmakers publicly questioned her dual role as Lieutenant Governor and Transportation Commissioner.  However, Molnau defended her roles, citing her predecessor, Mae Schunk, who was active in education throughout the state. Mae A Schunk (born May 21 1934, Greenwood Wisconsin) served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003 
Fallout from the I-35 bridge collapse was evident in a January 2008 Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll, with only one in four Minnesotans approving of the job she was doing as MnDOT commissioner. Minnesota Public Radio ( MPR) a 501(c(3 non-profit organization is one of the premier Public radio stations producing programming for radio Internet The Hubert H Humphrey Institute ranks among the top 15 professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country The Minnesota Department of Transportation ( Mn/DOT, pronounced "min-dot" oversees transportation by land water and air in the U State Senator Steve Murphy responded by saying that the Minnesota Senate would remove her if she does not step down from her post as MnDOT chief. Steve Murphy (born September 9, 1957) is a State Senator for the 28th district of Minnesota, and a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor The Minnesota Senate is the Upper house in the Minnesota Legislature. 
On February 28, 2008 Molnau was removed from her position as Transportation Commissioner by the State Senate by a party-line, 44-22 vote.  Pawlenty considered her ouster a disappointing partisan move while legislators saw failures of leadership and management. 
In addition to the criticism following the I-35 bridge collapse, Molnau was also targeted for the sale of her family's farm in 2000. Then-state Rep. Carol Molnau and her husband Steve Molnau sold a 40 acre parcel of land for 3. 3 million dollars near the Hwy 212 project she had backed passed through the House of Representatives. Although the official sale date was May 23 2000, 8 days after then-governor Jesse Ventura signed the Hwy 212 project bill, Molnau stated that the sale had been in negotitions for several months. Additionally, a Carver County clerk stated that the sale date as recorded reflected the actual date of the sale, not the day of the real estate closing or the filing date. 
|46th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota|
2003 – present
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||46th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1949|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Carver County, Minnesota|
|DATE OF DEATH|
|PLACE OF DEATH|