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Erik Paulsen

Erik Paulsen's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Marriage, Family, and Children

Full Name: Erik Paulsen
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
Primary Aug. 12, 2014

Marriage, Family, and Children

2014 Population Connection - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 33%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 100%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100%
2011 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 20%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 53%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 90%
2011 The Children's Health Fund - Positions (House Only) 0%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 88%
2010 Vote Kids - Positions 41%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 88%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 30%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 93%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 90%
2009 Population Connection - Committee Votes Score 0%
2009 The Children's Health Fund - Positions 16%
2009 Vote Kids - Positions 41%
2007 Children's Defense Fund Minnesota - Positions on Child and Youth Issues 0
2007 Minnesota Family Council-Minnesota Family Institute - Positions on Conservative Values 100
2005-2006 Minnesota Family Council-Minnesota Family Institute - Positions on Conservative Values 80
2005 Children's Defense Fund Minnesota - Positions on Child and Youth Issues 17
2003-2005 Minnesota Family Council-Minnesota Family Institute - Positions 89%
2003-2004 Children's Defense Fund Minnesota - Positions 8%
2003 Children's Defense Fund Minnesota - Positions 0%
2003 Minnesota Family Council-Minnesota Family Institute - Positions 67%

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