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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund Minnesota

2005 Positions on Child and Youth Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 17
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 17
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 33
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 17
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 33
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 17
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 17
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 17
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 17
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 17
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 17
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 17
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 33
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 17
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 83
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 20
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 17
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 17
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 17
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 17
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 100
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
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 83
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 17
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 33
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 33
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 50
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 17
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 50
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 33
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 0
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 33
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 17
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 50
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 40
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
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 100
Ron Abrams 50
Ellen Anderson 100
Irv Anderson 83
William Belanger, Jr. 33
Linda Berglin 100
Donald Betzold 100
Greg Blaine 17
Francis Bradley 17
Laura Brod 17
Mark Buesgens 0
Mike Charron 17
Satveer Chaudhary 100
Ray Cox 50
Lloyd Cybart 17
Richard Day 40
Chris DeLaForest 17
Randy Demmer 17
Jerry Dempsey 33
Stephen Dille 80
Denise Dittrich 67
Dan Dorman 33
John Dorn 100
Robert Eastlund 17
Tom Emmer 0
Matt Entenza 100
Brad Finstad 20
Leo Foley 100
Dennis Frederickson 67
David Gaither 40
Chris Gerlach 17
Mindy Greiling 100
Bud Heidgerken 17
Linda Higgins 100
Bill Hilty 83
Larry Hosch 50
John Hottinger 100
Larry Howes 20
Mike Jaros 100
Dean Elton Johnson 83
Debbie Johnson 20
Ruth Johnson 100
Al Juhnke 83
Michael Jungbauer 33
Steve Kelley 100
Margaret Kelliher 100
Bob Kierlin 50
Sheila Kiscaden 80
Dave Kleis 33
Karen Klinzing 17
Jim Knoblach 0
Paul Koering 67
Paul Kohls 17
Philip Krinkie 0
Gary Kubly 83
Keith Langseth 83
Morrie Lanning 33
Cal Larson 33
Dan Larson 83
Brian LeClair 17
Bernard Lieder 83
Doug Magnus 17
Sharon Marko 83
Mike McGinn 50
Doug Meslow 33
Geoff Michel 50
Frank Moe 83
Mee Moua 83
Steve Murphy 83
Peter Nelson 17
Thomas Neuville 50
Gen Olson 33
Mark Olson 0
Joe Opatz 67
Mary Otremba 67
Mark Ourada 50
Dennis Ozment 33
Patricia Pariseau 17
Maxine Penas 33
Aaron Peterson 100
Neil Peterson 17
Sandra Peterson 100
Lawrence Pogemiller 83
Duke Powell 17
Jane Ranum 100
Madelyn Reiter 17
Claire Robling 50
Tom Rukavina 83
Connie Ruth 33
Maria Ruud 100
Brita Sailer 83
Dallas Sams 80
Char Samuelson 33
Linda Scheid 67
Marty Seifert 17
Anthony Sertich 83
Daniel Severson 17
Dean Simpson 33
Wesley Skoglund 100
Nora Slawik 100
Steve Smith 33
Judy Soderstrom 17
Loren Solberg 83
Steven Sviggum 17
Barbara Sykora 33
Cy Thao 83
Kathy Tingelstad 33
Ray Vandeveer 0
James Vickerman 83
Neva Walker 100
Lynn Wardlow 17
Andy Welti 83
Betsy Wergin 33
Andrew Westerberg 33
Tim Wilkin 17

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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