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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers League of Minnesota

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 83%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 92%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 42%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 58%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 83%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 58%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 64%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 58%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 50%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 92%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 67%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 67%
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 25%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN Commissioner 2 Tom Workman 100%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 92%
Ron Abrams 67%
Ellen Anderson 17%
Irv Anderson 17%
William Belanger, Jr. 50%
Charles Berg 50%
Donald Betzold 17%
Len Biernat 17%
Dave Bishop 58%
Lynda Boudreau 50%
Francis Bradley 58%
Mark Buesgens 92%
George Cassell 58%
Satveer Chaudhary 33%
James Clark 58%
Roxann Daggett 67%
Andy Dawkins 8%
Richard Day 70%
Steve Dehler 50%
Jerry Dempsey 58%
Stephen Dille 50%
Dan Dorman 58%
John Dorn 25%
Robert Eastlund 83%
Matt Entenza 17%
Geri Evans 17%
Tim Finseth 58%
Leo Foley 25%
Betty Folliard 18%
Chuck Fowler 25%
Dennis Frederickson 45%
Douglas Fuller 73%
Chris Gerlach 100%
Mark Gleason 17%
Kevin Goodno 58%
Gregory Gray 10%
Mindy Greiling 25%
Bill Haas 67%
Elaine Harder 58%
Linda Higgins 25%
Bill Hilty 8%
Mark Holsten 67%
John Hottinger 25%
Larry Howes 75%
Carl Jacobson 92%
Mike Jaros 8%
Loren Jennings 30%
David Johnson 10%
Dean Elton Johnson 18%
Debbie Johnson 75%
Ruth Johnson 17%
John Jordan 50%
Al Juhnke 36%
Henry Kalis 33%
Steve Kelley 17%
Margaret Kelliher 8%
Tony Kielkucki 75%
Bob Kierlin 58%
Anthony Kinkel 9%
Sheila Kiscaden 40%
Dave Kleis 58%
Jim Knoblach 58%
David Knutson 73%
Luanne Koskinen 17%
Jane Krentz 18%
Philip Krinkie 100%
Gary Kubly 17%
Bill Kuisle 75%
Keith Langseth 17%
Cal Larson 64%
Dan Larson 33%
Robert Leighton, Jr. 6%
Peggy Leppik 50%
Arlene Lesewski 64%
Bob Lessard 30%
Bernard Lieder 25%
Arlon Lindner 92%
Eric Lipman 83%
Becky Lourey 18%
Harry Mares 42%
Sharon Marko 25%
Dan McElroy 73%
Mary Jo McGuire 17%
Bob Milbert 17%
Roger Moe 20%
Carol Molnau 75%
Mee Moua 17%
Richard Mulder 92%
Steve Murphy 33%
Robert Ness 58%
Thomas Neuville 67%
Edward Oliver 60%
Gen Olson 73%
Mark Olson 83%
Joe Opatz 20%
Myron Orfield 27%
Mike Osskopp 75%
Tom Osthoff 36%
Mary Otremba 36%
Mark Ourada 50%
Dennis Ozment 67%
Patricia Pariseau 75%
Tim Pawlenty 75%
Maxine Penas 58%
Doug Peterson 17%
Lawrence Pogemiller 17%
Leonard Price 17%
Thomas Pugh 17%
Jane Ranum 17%
Madelyn Reiter 83%
Jim Rhodes 42%
Michelle Rifenberg 75%
Twyla Ring 25%
Martha Robertson 56%
Claire Robling 58%
Tom Rukavina 17%
Connie Ruth 58%
Julie Ann Sabo 17%
Dallas Sams 36%
Don Samuelson 33%
Kenric Scheevel 82%
Linda Scheid 33%
Leslie Schumacher 36%
Grace Stabell Schwab 45%
Alice Seagren 67%
Marty Seifert 73%
Anthony Sertich 17%
Wesley Skoglund 8%
Nora Slawik 33%
Steve Smith 75%
Loren Solberg 27%
Richard Stanek 70%
Doug Stang 64%
Dan Stevens 64%
Steven Sviggum 50%
Dale Swapinski 25%
Howard Swenson 58%
Barbara Sykora 67%
Roy Terwilliger 38%
Mark Thompson 45%
Kathy Tingelstad 67%
John Tuma 75%
Ray Vandeveer 92%
James Vickerman 42%
Neva Walker 18%
Dale Walz 75%
Scott Wasiluk 17%
Andrew Westerberg 75%
Deanna Wiener 17%
Tim Wilkin 100%
Ted Winter 17%
Ken Wolf 83%

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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