Paul Gardner served as a state legislator in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. During his two terms serving six suburban communities north of St. Paul, Gardner authored successful legislation to protect and conserve drinking water, reduce solid & hazardous waste, increase recycling, prevent copper and scrap metal theft, and reduce prescription drug waste in the health care sector. From 1997 to 2006 Gardner served as Executive Director of the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) in St. Paul. At RAM, he carried out successful and cost-effective statewide media campaigns to highlight the economic and environmental benefits of recycling.
Gardner holds a B.A. in history with a concentration in Russian and East European Studies from Grinnell College of Grinnell, Iowa and a Masters of Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.