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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Legislative Evaluation Assembly of Minnesota, Inc.

2006 Positions

Issues: Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 76%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 87%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 47%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 73%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 35%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 47%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 41%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 43%
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 41%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 48%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 65%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 82%
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 73%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 53%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 76%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 65%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 35%
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 41%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 79%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 59%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 16%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 65%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 40%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 71%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 41%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 41%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 76%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 40%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 33%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 82%
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 47%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 87%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 53%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 60%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 5%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 71%
Ron Abrams 56%
Ellen Anderson 12%
Irv Anderson 20%
William Belanger, Jr. 40%
Linda Berglin 20%
Donald Betzold 13%
Greg Blaine 59%
Francis Bradley 41%
Laura Brod 36%
Mark Buesgens 94%
Mike Charron 63%
Satveer Chaudhary 27%
Tarryl Clark 7%
Ray Cox 35%
Lloyd Cybart 59%
Richard Day 48%
Chris DeLaForest 76%
Randy Demmer 35%
Jerry Dempsey 35%
Stephen Dille 53%
Denise Dittrich 17%
Dan Dorman 29%
John Dorn 18%
Robert Eastlund 59%
Tom Emmer 94%
Matt Entenza 9%
Brad Finstad 61%
Leo Foley 13%
Dennis Frederickson 34%
Chris Gerlach 73%
Mindy Greiling 23%
Larry Haws 29%
Bud Heidgerken 41%
Linda Higgins 7%
Bill Hilty 29%
Larry Hosch 41%
John Hottinger 7%
Larry Howes 47%
Mike Jaros 24%
Dean Elton Johnson 7%
Debbie Johnson 55%
Ruth Johnson 6%
Al Juhnke 24%
Michael Jungbauer 53%
Steve Kelley 5%
Margaret Kelliher 6%
Bob Kierlin 47%
Sheila Kiscaden 11%
Karen Klinzing 76%
Jim Knoblach 67%
Amy Koch 60%
Paul Koering 40%
Paul Kohls 71%
Philip Krinkie 92%
Gary Kubly 5%
Keith Langseth 7%
Morrie Lanning 35%
Cal Larson 40%
Dan Larson 12%
Brian LeClair 93%
Bernard Lieder 24%
Becky Lourey 19%
Doug Magnus 41%
Sharon Marko 7%
Mike McGinn 34%
Doug Meslow 35%
Geoff Michel 33%
Frank Moe 24%
Mee Moua 10%
Steve Murphy 2%
Peter Nelson 59%
Thomas Neuville 42%
Gen Olson 40%
Mark Olson 88%
Mary Otremba 47%
Dennis Ozment 36%
Patricia Pariseau 21%
Maxine Penas 47%
Aaron Peterson 24%
Neil Peterson 41%
Sandra Peterson 24%
Lawrence Pogemiller 13%
Duke Powell 53%
Jane Ranum 12%
Madelyn Reiter 73%
Claire Robling 47%
Tom Rukavina 12%
Connie Ruth 35%
Maria Ruud 41%
Brita Sailer 47%
Dallas Sams 27%
Char Samuelson 35%
Linda Scheid 5%
Marty Seifert 76%
Anthony Sertich 12%
Daniel Severson 65%
Dean Simpson 47%
Wesley Skoglund 5%
Nora Slawik 24%
Steve Smith 65%
Judy Soderstrom 65%
Loren Solberg 17%
Steven Sviggum 29%
Barbara Sykora 35%
Cy Thao 12%
Kathy Tingelstad 35%
Ray Vandeveer 88%
James Vickerman 20%
Neva Walker 24%
Lynn Wardlow 47%
Andy Welti 35%
Betsy Wergin 55%
Andrew Westerberg 47%

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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