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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota AFL-CIO

2006 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 13%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 10%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 79%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 25%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 7%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 33%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 27%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 40%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 29%
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 53%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 13%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 0%
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 13%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 44%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 6%
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 88%
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 94%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 13%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 33%
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 33%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 7%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 20%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81%
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 13%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 36%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 20%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 50%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 7%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 55%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 55%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 86%
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 36%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 18%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 79%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 73%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 27%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 36%
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 91%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 6%
Ron Abrams 20%
Ellen Anderson 82%
Irv Anderson 29%
William Belanger, Jr. 45%
Linda Berglin 82%
Donald Betzold 91%
Greg Blaine 25%
Francis Bradley 31%
Laura Brod 29%
Mark Buesgens 0%
Mike Charron 20%
Satveer Chaudhary 82%
Tarryl Clark 91%
Ray Cox 44%
Lloyd Cybart 20%
Richard Day 36%
Chris DeLaForest 6%
Randy Demmer 31%
Jerry Dempsey 56%
Stephen Dille 45%
Denise Dittrich 93%
Dan Dorman 69%
John Dorn 100%
Robert Eastlund 27%
Tom Emmer 0%
Matt Entenza 100%
Brad Finstad 20%
Leo Foley 100%
Dennis Frederickson 64%
Chris Gerlach 36%
Mindy Greiling 88%
Larry Haws 81%
Bud Heidgerken 56%
Linda Higgins 100%
Bill Hilty 88%
Larry Hosch 94%
John Hottinger 91%
Larry Howes 44%
Mike Jaros 81%
Dean Elton Johnson 100%
Debbie Johnson 20%
Ruth Johnson 100%
Al Juhnke 100%
Michael Jungbauer 36%
Steve Kelley 100%
Margaret Kelliher 100%
Bob Kierlin 45%
Sheila Kiscaden 82%
Karen Klinzing 7%
Jim Knoblach 7%
Amy Koch 18%
Paul Koering 55%
Paul Kohls 7%
Philip Krinkie 0%
Gary Kubly 100%
Keith Langseth 91%
Morrie Lanning 33%
Cal Larson 45%
Dan Larson 100%
Brian LeClair 18%
Bernard Lieder 100%
Becky Lourey 80%
Doug Magnus 27%
Sharon Marko 100%
Mike McGinn 55%
Doug Meslow 33%
Geoff Michel 55%
Frank Moe 94%
Mee Moua 78%
Steve Murphy 100%
Peter Nelson 27%
Thomas Neuville 45%
Gen Olson 36%
Mark Olson 0%
Mary Otremba 75%
Dennis Ozment 50%
Patricia Pariseau 33%
Maxine Penas 27%
Aaron Peterson 100%
Neil Peterson 44%
Sandra Peterson 88%
Lawrence Pogemiller 91%
Duke Powell 21%
Jane Ranum 73%
Madelyn Reiter 27%
Claire Robling 36%
Tom Rukavina 94%
Connie Ruth 33%
Maria Ruud 81%
Brita Sailer 75%
Dallas Sams 70%
Char Samuelson 38%
Linda Scheid 100%
Marty Seifert 19%
Anthony Sertich 100%
Daniel Severson 13%
Dean Simpson 27%
Wesley Skoglund 91%
Nora Slawik 100%
Steve Smith 38%
Judy Soderstrom 13%
Loren Solberg 100%
Steven Sviggum 38%
Barbara Sykora 27%
Cy Thao 88%
Kathy Tingelstad 50%
Ray Vandeveer 13%
James Vickerman 100%
Neva Walker 88%
Lynn Wardlow 38%
Andy Welti 94%
Betsy Wergin 20%
Andrew Westerberg 38%

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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