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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota National Federation of Independent Business

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 94%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 19%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 100%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 94%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 94%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 77%
MN State House 28B Gregory Davids Republican 100%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 88%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 71%
MN State House 38A Linda Runbeck Republican 88%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 100%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 19%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 41%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 88%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 81%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 88%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 81%
MN State Senate 37 Alice Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 69%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 59%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
MN Commissioner 2 Tom Workman 94%
Ron Abrams 88%
Ellen Anderson 44%
Irv Anderson 35%
William Belanger, Jr. 100%
Charles Berg 88%
Linda Berglin 31%
Donald Betzold 41%
Len Biernat 35%
Dave Bishop 88%
Lynda Boudreau 94%
Francis Bradley 94%
Sherry Broecker 100%
Mark Buesgens 100%
Phil Carruthers 29%
George Cassell 94%
Satveer Chaudhary 35%
James Clark 100%
Roxann Daggett 94%
Andy Dawkins 24%
Richard Day 88%
Steve Dehler 100%
Jerry Dempsey 88%
Stephen Dille 94%
Dan Dorman 94%
John Dorn 35%
Matt Entenza 18%
Tim Finseth 88%
Carol Flynn 53%
Leo Foley 47%
Betty Folliard 33%
Dennis Frederickson 76%
Douglas Fuller 76%
Chris Gerlach 100%
Mark Gleason 24%
Kevin Goodno 88%
Gregory Gray 25%
Lee Greenfield 25%
Mindy Greiling 35%
Barb Haake 88%
Bill Haas 88%
Paula Hanson 60%
Elaine Harder 92%
Kris Hasskamp 50%
Linda Higgins 44%
Bill Hilty 24%
Mark Holsten 88%
John Hottinger 44%
Larry Howes 76%
Mike Jaros 12%
Loren Jennings 47%
David Johnson 67%
Dean Elton Johnson 77%
Douglas Johnson 40%
Al Juhnke 44%
Ember Reichgott Junge 42%
Henry Kalis 53%
Steve Kelley 44%
Margaret Kelliher 53%
Randy Kelly 75%
Tony Kielkucki 100%
Bob Kierlin 92%
Sheila Kiscaden 76%
Dave Kleis 82%
Jim Knoblach 88%
David Knutson 88%
Luanne Koskinen 31%
Jane Krentz 29%
Philip Krinkie 88%
Gary Kubly 59%
William Kuisle 100%
Gary Laidig 92%
Keith Langseth 63%
Peg Larsen 88%
Cal Larson 88%
Dan Larson 65%
Robert Leighton, Jr. 15%
Peggy Leppik 94%
Arlene Lesewski 94%
Bob Lessard 59%
Bernard Lieder 38%
Arlon Lindner 100%
Becky Lourey 29%
Darlene Luther 35%
Harry Mares 94%
Sharon Marko 24%
Dan McElroy 88%
Mary Jo McGuire 25%
Bob Milbert 44%
Roger Moe 33%
Carol Molnau 94%
Richard Mulder 100%
Steve Murphy 59%
Robert Ness 94%
Thomas Neuville 81%
Edward Oliver 88%
Gen Olson 92%
Mark Olson 88%
Joe Opatz 71%
Myron Orfield 24%
Mike Osskopp 82%
Tom Osthoff 35%
Mary Otremba 47%
Mark Ourada 93%
Dennis Ozment 94%
Patricia Pariseau 87%
Tim Pawlenty 88%
Doug Peterson 46%
Pat Piper 41%
Lawrence Pogemiller 41%
Leonard Price 38%
Thomas Pugh 18%
Jane Ranum 41%
Doug Reuter 76%
Jim Rhodes 83%
Michelle Rifenberg 100%
Martha Robertson 88%
Claire Robling 100%
Jim Rostberg 94%
Tom Rukavina 13%
Dallas Sams 47%
Don Samuelson 50%
Kenric Scheevel 88%
Linda Scheid 71%
Leslie Schumacher 59%
Alice Seagren 94%
Jim Seifert 88%
Marty Seifert 100%
Wesley Skoglund 24%
Steve Smith 82%
Loren Solberg 18%
Sam Solon 77%
Allan Spear 41%
Richard Stanek 92%
Doug Stang 88%
Dan Stevens 88%
Julie Storm 88%
Steven Sviggum 88%
Howard Swenson 100%
Barbara Sykora 94%
Roy Terwilliger 94%
Kathy Tingelstad 94%
Steve Trimble 19%
John Tuma 76%
Jim Tunheim 44%
Henry Todd Van Dellen 93%
Ray Vandeveer 88%
James Vickerman 65%
Linda Wejcman 23%
Stephen Wenzel 59%
Andrew Westerberg 76%
Robert Westfall 93%
Deanna Wiener 71%
Tim Wilkin 100%
Ted Winter 44%
Ken Wolf 94%
Donald Ziegler 88%

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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