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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota Family Council-Minnesota Family Institute

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 6 Tom Emmer Republican 90
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 100
MN State House 12B Paul Anderson Republican 90
MN State House 16B Paul Torkelson Republican 90
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 90
MN State House 20B David Bly Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 100
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 90
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 80
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 100
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 100
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 100
MN State House 35B Peggy Scott Republican 100
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 100
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican 100
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State House 44A Sarah Anderson Republican 100
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 100
MN State House 48B Jenifer Loon Republican 80
MN State House 49B Paul Rosenthal Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 51A Sandra Masin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 90
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 64A Erin Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 86
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 100
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 86
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 86
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 86
MN State Senate 27 Dan Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100
MN State Senate 30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican 100
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 86
MN State Senate 35 Jim Abeler II Republican 80
MN State Senate 37 Jerry Newton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 41 Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 51 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29
MN State Senate 59 Bobby Joe Champion Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN State Senate 62 Jeff Hayden Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 10
MN Commissioner 1 Ron Shimanski 100
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins 14
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard 90
MN Commissioner 4 Karla Bigham 0
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 0
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 90
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican 100
Ellen Anderson 14
Tom Anzelc 20
Joseph Atkins 0
John Benson 10
Linda Berglin 14
Donald Betzold 14
Terri Bonoff 0
Laura Brod 100
Robin Brown 20
Kathy Brynaert 10
Mark Buesgens 80
Julie Bunn 40
Satveer Chaudhary 14
Tarryl Clark 14
Kevin Dahle 14
Richard Day 86
Randy Demmer 60
David Dill 30
Stephen Dille 86
Denise Dittrich 30
Connie Doepke 90
John Doll 29
Al Doty 40
Keith Downey 80
Robert Eastlund 100
Sharon Erickson Ropes 14
Andrew Falk 10
Tim Faust 30
Lisa Fobbe 57
Leo Foley 14
Dennis Frederickson 100
Patti Fritz 30
Paul Gardner 10
Joseph Gimse 86
Steve Gottwalt 100
Mindy Greiling 10
Tom Hackbarth 80
David Hann 100
Larry Haws 20
Bill Hilty 0
Larry Hosch 30
Larry Howes 90
Thomas Huntley 0
Gail Kulick Jackson 10
Debbie Johnson 57
Al Juhnke 30
Michael Jungbauer 86
Phyllis Kahn 0
Jeremy Kalin 0
Kory Kath 60
Kenneth Kelash 14
Margaret Kelliher 0
Tim Kelly 80
Katherine Knuth 0
Amy Koch 100
Lyle Koenen 20
Paul Koering 14
Paul Kohls 100
Gary Kubly 43
Keith Langseth 14
Morrie Lanning 90
Ann Lenczewski 30
Bernard Lieder 30
Ann Lynch 57
Tara Mack 90
Doug Magnus 90
Carol McFarlane 90
Denny McNamara 90
Jim Metzen 0
Geoff Michel 57
William Morgan 10
Terence Morrow 10
Mee Moua 14
Joe Mullery 0
Mark Murdock 100
Steve Murphy 0
Kim Norton 10
Mike Obermueller 40
David Olin 30
Rick Olseen 57
Gen Olson 71
Mary Olson 57
Julianne Ortman 71
Mary Otremba 60
Patricia Pariseau 86
Michael Paymar 0
John Persell 0
Sandra Peterson 0
Lawrence Pogemiller 14
Prettner Solon 14
Roger Reinert 10
Claire Robling 86
Sandy Rummel 29
Maria Ruud 20
Brita Sailer 0
Kathy Saltzman 29
Tim Sanders 100
Tom Saxhaug 29
Bev Scalze 20
Linda Scheid 0
Marty Seifert 90
Anthony Sertich 0
Daniel Severson 100
Kathy Sheran 0
Katie Sieben 14
Rod Skoe 29
Dan Skogen 71
Steve Smith 90
Loren Solberg 10
Phillip Sterner 60
LeRoy Stumpf 43
Marsha Swails 10
Cy Thao 0
Tom Tillberry 0
Ray Vandeveer 71
James Vickerman 71
John Ward 30
Andy Welti 20
Ryan Winkler 0

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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