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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota AFL-CIO

2005 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 6%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 12%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 22%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 0%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 28%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 11%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 12%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 11%
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 22%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 11%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 0%
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 6%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 50%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 11%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 0%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 22%
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 0%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 0%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 22%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 11%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 6%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 28%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 24%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 11%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 35%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 29%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 0%
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 18%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 13%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 13%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 6%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 12%
Ron Abrams 22%
Ellen Anderson 100%
Irv Anderson 100%
William Belanger, Jr. 6%
Linda Berglin 100%
Donald Betzold 100%
Greg Blaine 11%
Francis Bradley 11%
Laura Brod 22%
Mark Buesgens 0%
Mike Charron 6%
Satveer Chaudhary 100%
Ray Cox 28%
Lloyd Cybart 17%
Richard Day 13%
Chris DeLaForest 0%
Randy Demmer 11%
Jerry Dempsey 44%
Stephen Dille 64%
Denise Dittrich 89%
Dan Dorman 39%
John Dorn 100%
Robert Eastlund 6%
Tom Emmer 6%
Matt Entenza 100%
Brad Finstad 6%
Leo Foley 100%
Dennis Frederickson 53%
David Gaither 7%
Chris Gerlach 6%
Mindy Greiling 100%
Bud Heidgerken 17%
Linda Higgins 100%
Bill Hilty 100%
Larry Hosch 94%
John Hottinger 100%
Larry Howes 39%
Mike Jaros 100%
Dean Elton Johnson 100%
Debbie Johnson 7%
Ruth Johnson 100%
Al Juhnke 100%
Michael Jungbauer 29%
Steve Kelley 94%
Margaret Kelliher 100%
Bob Kierlin 20%
Sheila Kiscaden 92%
Dave Kleis 18%
Karen Klinzing 6%
Jim Knoblach 22%
Paul Koering 53%
Paul Kohls 6%
Philip Krinkie 0%
Gary Kubly 100%
Keith Langseth 100%
Morrie Lanning 17%
Cal Larson 12%
Dan Larson 89%
Brian LeClair 0%
Bernard Lieder 100%
Becky Lourey 100%
Doug Magnus 6%
Sharon Marko 94%
Mike McGinn 18%
Doug Meslow 35%
Geoff Michel 6%
Frank Moe 89%
Mee Moua 100%
Steve Murphy 100%
Peter Nelson 11%
Thomas Neuville 24%
Gen Olson 18%
Mark Olson 6%
Joe Opatz 94%
Mary Otremba 94%
Mark Ourada 25%
Dennis Ozment 56%
Patricia Pariseau 13%
Maxine Penas 17%
Aaron Peterson 100%
Neil Peterson 22%
Sandra Peterson 100%
Lawrence Pogemiller 100%
Duke Powell 11%
Jane Ranum 100%
Madelyn Reiter 6%
Claire Robling 19%
Tom Rukavina 100%
Connie Ruth 22%
Maria Ruud 89%
Brita Sailer 94%
Dallas Sams 100%
Char Samuelson 33%
Linda Scheid 88%
Marty Seifert 6%
Anthony Sertich 100%
Daniel Severson 17%
Dean Simpson 17%
Wesley Skoglund 100%
Nora Slawik 100%
Steve Smith 59%
Judy Soderstrom 17%
Loren Solberg 100%
Steven Sviggum 6%
Barbara Sykora 22%
Cy Thao 100%
Kathy Tingelstad 50%
Ray Vandeveer 0%
James Vickerman 100%
Neva Walker 94%
Lynn Wardlow 22%
Andy Welti 94%
Betsy Wergin 12%
Andrew Westerberg 22%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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