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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota National Federation of Independent Business

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 100%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 91%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 100%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 91%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 90%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 91%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 90%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 100%
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 86%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 73%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 100%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 91%
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 91%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 91%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 31%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 100%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 91%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 100%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 100%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 93%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 90%
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 100%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 100%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 100%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 100%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 100%
Ron Abrams 55%
Ellen Anderson 31%
Irv Anderson 45%
William Belanger, Jr. 93%
Linda Berglin 27%
Donald Betzold 40%
Greg Blaine 91%
Francis Bradley 100%
Laura Brod 90%
Mark Buesgens 100%
Satveer Chaudhary 33%
Ray Cox 91%
Richard Day 100%
Chris DeLaForest 100%
Randy Demmer 100%
Jerry Dempsey 90%
Stephen Dille 92%
Dan Dorman 82%
John Dorn 45%
Robert Eastlund 100%
Matt Entenza 44%
Brad Finstad 90%
Leo Foley 40%
Dennis Frederickson 93%
David Gaither 100%
Mindy Greiling 40%
Bud Heidgerken 100%
Linda Higgins 40%
Bill Hilty 45%
John Hottinger 36%
Larry Howes 82%
Mike Jaros 45%
Dean Elton Johnson 62%
Debbie Johnson 100%
Al Juhnke 55%
Michael Jungbauer 100%
Steve Kelley 36%
Margaret Kelliher 45%
Bob Kierlin 93%
Dave Kleis 100%
Karen Klinzing 100%
Jim Knoblach 100%
Paul Koering 92%
Paul Kohls 100%
Philip Krinkie 100%
Gary Kubly 47%
Keith Langseth 50%
Morrie Lanning 82%
Cal Larson 100%
Dan Larson 64%
Brian LeClair 100%
Bernard Lieder 45%
Becky Lourey 29%
Doug Magnus 91%
Sharon Marko 43%
Mike McGinn 100%
Doug Meslow 90%
Geoff Michel 100%
Mee Moua 47%
Steve Murphy 38%
Peter Nelson 91%
Thomas Neuville 93%
Gen Olson 100%
Mark Olson 67%
Joe Opatz 73%
Mary Otremba 70%
Mark Ourada 100%
Dennis Ozment 91%
Patricia Pariseau 100%
Maxine Penas 100%
Aaron Peterson 45%
Lawrence Pogemiller 33%
Duke Powell 100%
Jane Ranum 29%
Madelyn Reiter 100%
Claire Robling 100%
Tom Rukavina 36%
Connie Ruth 100%
Dallas Sams 43%
Char Samuelson 91%
Linda Scheid 57%
Marty Seifert 91%
Anthony Sertich 55%
Daniel Severson 89%
Dean Simpson 91%
Wesley Skoglund 33%
Nora Slawik 45%
Steve Smith 64%
Judy Soderstrom 91%
Loren Solberg 60%
Steven Sviggum 100%
Barbara Sykora 100%
Cy Thao 45%
Kathy Tingelstad 91%
Ray Vandeveer 100%
James Vickerman 57%
Neva Walker 18%
Lynn Wardlow 91%
Betsy Wergin 100%
Andrew Westerberg 90%
Tim Wilkin 100%

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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