Pawlenty joins the board of a Frac sand miner

Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is being mentioned as Mitt Romney’s running mate, has joined another corporate board.

Smart Sand, a company that houses its main facility in Oakdale, Wisconsin, produces a product used in oil and gas exploration.

“Having served as Minnesota governor for two terms, and with deep roots in the region, Tim is experienced in the oversight and development of our natural resources,” said Andrew Speaker, chief executive officer of Smart Sand. “Tim’s experience in the energy and transportation sectors combined with his respect for the environment and the communities in which we operate makes him a strategic addition to our board. We look forward to drawing on his expertise as CEO of the great state of Minnesota as we continue to build our company.”

Pawlenty now sits on four boards, including Smart Sand’s. The others include e-commerce company Digital River, global supply chain Red Prairie and biotech firm Micromatrix Medical.

Pawlenty, who dropped his bid to become president after losing the Iowa straw poll last August, has been spending the bulk of his time campaigning for Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.

Pawlenty said he’d be “honored” if asked to be Romney’s running-mate, but added that he thinks he can serve Romney in “other ways.”

Republican John McCain considered Pawlenty to be his running mate in 2008. McCain eventually picked Sarah Palin.

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