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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Legislative Evaluation Assembly of Minnesota, Inc.

2004 Positions

Issues: Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 71
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 81
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 71
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 86
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 57
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 71
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 71
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57
MN State House 28B Gregory Davids Republican 71
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 43
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 86
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 43
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor -4
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 57
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 43
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 71
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 100
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor -2
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor -4
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor -2
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor -4
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 71
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 71
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 71
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 57
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 65
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 65
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 98
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 71
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 81
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor -2
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 71
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 71
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
Ron Abrams 43
Ellen Anderson 0
Irv Anderson 29
William Belanger, Jr. 57
Linda Berglin 0
Donald Betzold 14
Greg Blaine 57
Francis Bradley 71
Laura Brod 71
Mark Buesgens 100
Satveer Chaudhary 0
Ray Cox 29
Richard Day 71
Chris DeLaForest 71
Randy Demmer 71
Jerry Dempsey 57
Stephen Dille 81
Dan Dorman 29
John Dorn 29
Robert Eastlund 86
Matt Entenza -2
Brad Finstad 86
Leo Foley 0
Dennis Frederickson 48
David Gaither 71
Mindy Greiling 14
Bud Heidgerken 71
Linda Higgins 0
Bill Hilty 14
John Hottinger -2
Larry Howes 57
Mike Jaros 0
Dean Elton Johnson 0
Debbie Johnson 71
Jeff Johnson 57
Al Juhnke 43
Michael Jungbauer 71
Steve Kelley 0
Margaret Kelliher 0
Bob Kierlin 71
Sheila Kiscaden 19
Dave Kleis 71
Karen Klinzing 57
Jim Knoblach 71
Paul Koering 71
Paul Kohls 71
Philip Krinkie 100
Gary Kubly 0
Keith Langseth 0
Morrie Lanning 57
Cal Larson 65
Dan Larson 29
Brian LeClair 57
Bernard Lieder 43
Becky Lourey -2
Doug Magnus 71
Sharon Marko -2
Mike McGinn 71
Doug Meslow 48
Geoff Michel 81
Mee Moua 0
Steve Murphy 0
Peter Nelson 57
Thomas Neuville 65
Gen Olson 71
Mark Olson 100
Joe Opatz 14
Mary Otremba 43
Mark Ourada 81
Dennis Ozment 57
Patricia Pariseau 71
Maxine Penas 71
Aaron Peterson 48
Lawrence Pogemiller 0
Duke Powell 71
Jane Ranum 0
Madelyn Reiter 81
Claire Robling 71
Tom Rukavina 14
Connie Ruth 57
Dallas Sams 0
Char Samuelson 43
Linda Scheid 0
Marty Seifert 86
Anthony Sertich 14
Daniel Severson 81
Dean Simpson 57
Wesley Skoglund 0
Nora Slawik 0
Steve Smith 71
Judy Soderstrom 71
Loren Solberg 14
Steven Sviggum 57
Barbara Sykora 31
Cy Thao 0
Kathy Tingelstad 31
Ray Vandeveer 71
James Vickerman 0
Neva Walker 0
Lynn Wardlow 71
Betsy Wergin 71
Andrew Westerberg 57
Tim Wilkin 86

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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