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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers League of Minnesota

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 5A John Persell Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 5B Tom Anzelc Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 73%
MN State House 10A John Ward Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 11B Tim Faust Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 12B Paul Anderson Republican 67%
MN State House 16B Paul Torkelson Republican 80%
MN State House 17A Andrew Falk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 60%
MN State House 19B Kathy Brynaert Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 20B David Bly Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 21A Tim Kelly Republican 87%
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 87%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 73%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 80%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 60%
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 25B Kim Norton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 80%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 100%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 100%
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 93%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 40%
MN State House 35B Peggy Scott Republican 93%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 37B Tim Sanders Republican 87%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 80%
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican 87%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 41B Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 44A Sarah Anderson Republican 87%
MN State House 44B John Benson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 46A Ryan Winkler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 100%
MN State House 48B Jenifer Loon Republican 67%
MN State House 49B Paul Rosenthal Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 51A Sandra Masin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 60%
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 80%
MN State House 56B William Morgan Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 57A Tara Mack Republican 64%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 93%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 80%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
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 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
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 0%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 7 Roger Reinert Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 57%
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 67%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 54%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 19 Kathy Sheran Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 20 Kevin Dahle Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 31%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 57%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100%
MN State Senate 30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican 93%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 85%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 93%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 77%
MN State Senate 51 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 59 Bobby Joe Champion Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 62 Jeff Hayden Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 21%
Ellen Anderson 7%
Linda Berglin 7%
Donald Betzold 0%
Karla Bigham 0%
Laura Brod 87%
Robin Brown 7%
Mark Buesgens 100%
Julie Bunn 20%
Satveer Chaudhary 7%
Tarryl Clark 7%
Richard Day 43%
Randy Demmer 80%
Stephen Dille 23%
Denise Dittrich 13%
Connie Doepke 60%
John Doll 21%
Al Doty 7%
Keith Downey 60%
Robert Eastlund 93%
Tom Emmer 100%
Sharon Erickson Ropes 21%
Lisa Fobbe 21%
Leo Foley 0%
Dennis Frederickson 23%
Paul Gardner 7%
Chris Gerlach 64%
Joseph Gimse 50%
Steve Gottwalt 73%
Mindy Greiling 13%
Larry Haws 0%
Linda Higgins 0%
Bill Hilty 0%
Larry Hosch 7%
Larry Howes 40%
Gail Kulick Jackson 7%
Debbie Johnson 50%
Al Juhnke 0%
Michael Jungbauer 64%
Jeremy Kalin 0%
Kory Kath 27%
Kenneth Kelash 0%
Margaret Kelliher 0%
Katherine Knuth 0%
Amy Koch 71%
Paul Koering 67%
Paul Kohls 93%
Gary Kubly 7%
Keith Langseth 0%
Morrie Lanning 64%
Bernard Lieder 0%
Ann Lynch 7%
Doug Magnus 77%
Carol McFarlane 43%
Geoff Michel 79%
Terence Morrow 0%
Mee Moua 0%
Mark Murdock 67%
Steve Murphy 0%
Gerald Newton 0%
Mike Obermueller 20%
David Olin 0%
Rick Olseen 7%
Gen Olson 43%
Mary Olson 14%
Mary Otremba 20%
Patricia Pariseau 69%
Sandra Peterson 7%
Lawrence Pogemiller 7%
Claire Robling 62%
Tom Rukavina 7%
Sandy Rummel 21%
Maria Ruud 13%
Brita Sailer 0%
Kathy Saltzman 7%
Linda Scheid 0%
Marty Seifert 93%
Anthony Sertich 0%
Daniel Severson 93%
Ron Shimanski 93%
Dan Skogen 14%
Nora Slawik 0%
Steve Smith 93%
Loren Solberg 0%
Phillip Sterner 20%
Marsha Swails 20%
Cy Thao 0%
Tom Tillberry 0%
Ray Vandeveer 64%
James Vickerman 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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