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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers League of Minnesota

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 92%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 92%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 58%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 83%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 75%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 58%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 67%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 83%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 73%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 42%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 75%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 75%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 82%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 92%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 42%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN Commissioner 2 Tom Workman 92%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 100%
Ron Abrams 67%
Ellen Anderson 0%
Irv Anderson 25%
William Belanger, Jr. 83%
Charles Berg 75%
Linda Berglin 0%
Donald Betzold 8%
Len Biernat 27%
Dave Bishop 67%
Lynda Boudreau 83%
Francis Bradley 92%
Mark Buesgens 100%
George Cassell 58%
Satveer Chaudhary 8%
James Clark 75%
Roxann Daggett 75%
Andy Dawkins 10%
Richard Day 83%
Steve Dehler 58%
Jerry Dempsey 67%
Stephen Dille 73%
Dan Dorman 75%
John Dorn 17%
Robert Eastlund 67%
Matt Entenza 36%
Geri Evans 33%
Tim Finseth 83%
Leo Foley 17%
Chuck Fowler 17%
Dennis Frederickson 67%
Douglas Fuller 75%
Chris Gerlach 100%
Mark Gleason 8%
Kevin Goodno 67%
Gregory Gray 18%
Mindy Greiling 25%
Bill Haas 75%
Elaine Harder 67%
Linda Higgins 0%
Bill Hilty 25%
Mark Holsten 83%
John Hottinger 8%
Larry Howes 75%
Carl Jacobson 100%
Mike Jaros 9%
Loren Jennings 33%
David Johnson 17%
Dean Elton Johnson 9%
Debbie Johnson 92%
Douglas Johnson 0%
Ruth Johnson 25%
Al Juhnke 25%
Henry Kalis 18%
Steve Kelley 10%
Margaret Kelliher 17%
Randy Kelly 36%
Tony Kielkucki 100%
Bob Kierlin 82%
Anthony Kinkel 8%
Sheila Kiscaden 58%
Dave Kleis 83%
Jim Knoblach 83%
David Knutson 92%
Luanne Koskinen 36%
Jane Krentz 18%
Philip Krinkie 100%
Gary Kubly 33%
Bill Kuisle 83%
Keith Langseth 8%
Cal Larson 80%
Dan Larson 58%
Robert Leighton, Jr. 8%
Peggy Leppik 67%
Arlene Lesewski 73%
Bob Lessard 64%
Bernard Lieder 17%
Arlon Lindner 100%
Eric Lipman 83%
Becky Lourey 0%
Darlene Luther 25%
Harry Mares 58%
Sharon Marko 50%
Dan McElroy 64%
Mary Jo McGuire 27%
Bob Milbert 45%
Roger Moe 0%
Carol Molnau 73%
Richard Mulder 83%
Steve Murphy 9%
Robert Ness 58%
Thomas Neuville 75%
Edward Oliver 80%
Gen Olson 82%
Mark Olson 83%
Joe Opatz 54%
Myron Orfield 8%
Mike Osskopp 58%
Tom Osthoff 42%
Mary Otremba 45%
Mark Ourada 80%
Dennis Ozment 64%
Patricia Pariseau 100%
Tim Pawlenty 75%
Maxine Penas 75%
Doug Peterson 42%
Lawrence Pogemiller 0%
Leonard Price 8%
Thomas Pugh 17%
Jane Ranum 8%
Madelyn Reiter 92%
Jim Rhodes 58%
Michelle Rifenberg 83%
Twyla Ring 8%
Martha Robertson 64%
Claire Robling 83%
Tom Rukavina 27%
Connie Ruth 83%
Julie Ann Sabo 0%
Dallas Sams 17%
Don Samuelson 20%
Kenric Scheevel 75%
Linda Scheid 18%
Leslie Schumacher 54%
Grace Stabell Schwab 82%
Alice Seagren 83%
Marty Seifert 83%
Anthony Sertich 30%
Wesley Skoglund 33%
Nora Slawik 67%
Steve Smith 83%
Loren Solberg 10%
Richard Stanek 75%
Doug Stang 67%
Dan Stevens 75%
Steven Sviggum 75%
Dale Swapinski 25%
Howard Swenson 75%
Barbara Sykora 75%
Roy Terwilliger 64%
Mark Thompson 67%
Kathy Tingelstad 82%
John Tuma 58%
Ray Vandeveer 92%
James Vickerman 17%
Neva Walker 0%
Dale Walz 92%
Scott Wasiluk 27%
Stephen Wenzel 33%
Andrew Westerberg 92%
Deanna Wiener 18%
Tim Wilkin 92%
Ted Winter 33%
Ken Wolf 75%

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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