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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota National Federation of Independent Business

2005-2006 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 13%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 89%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 100%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 100%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 88%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 100%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 88%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 88%
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 88%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 88%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 100%
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 88%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 88%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 100%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 100%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 88%
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 88%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 88%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 88%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 86%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 100%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 100%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 100%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 88%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 100%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 89%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 78%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 86%
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 100%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 88%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
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 56%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 100%
Ron Abrams 88%
Ellen Anderson 22%
Irv Anderson 29%
William Belanger, Jr. 89%
Linda Berglin 33%
Donald Betzold 33%
Greg Blaine 88%
Francis Bradley 88%
Laura Brod 100%
Mark Buesgens 88%
Mike Charron 100%
Satveer Chaudhary 44%
Ray Cox 88%
Lloyd Cybart 88%
Richard Day 100%
Chris DeLaForest 100%
Randy Demmer 88%
Jerry Dempsey 86%
Stephen Dille 88%
Denise Dittrich 63%
Dan Dorman 88%
John Dorn 50%
Robert Eastlund 100%
Tom Emmer 86%
Matt Entenza 38%
Brad Finstad 100%
Leo Foley 44%
Dennis Frederickson 100%
Chris Gerlach 100%
Mindy Greiling 38%
Bud Heidgerken 86%
Linda Higgins 33%
Bill Hilty 25%
Larry Hosch 75%
John Hottinger 29%
Larry Howes 71%
Mike Jaros 29%
Dean Elton Johnson 67%
Debbie Johnson 100%
Ruth Johnson 50%
Al Juhnke 50%
Michael Jungbauer 100%
Steve Kelley 56%
Margaret Kelliher 38%
Bob Kierlin 100%
Sheila Kiscaden 63%
Karen Klinzing 100%
Jim Knoblach 88%
Paul Koering 100%
Paul Kohls 100%
Philip Krinkie 88%
Gary Kubly 56%
Keith Langseth 78%
Morrie Lanning 50%
Cal Larson 100%
Dan Larson 75%
Brian LeClair 89%
Bernard Lieder 38%
Becky Lourey 33%
Doug Magnus 88%
Sharon Marko 29%
Mike McGinn 100%
Doug Meslow 88%
Geoff Michel 100%
Frank Moe 63%
Mee Moua 29%
Steve Murphy 67%
Peter Nelson 100%
Thomas Neuville 100%
Gen Olson 100%
Mark Olson 88%
Mary Otremba 38%
Dennis Ozment 75%
Patricia Pariseau 100%
Maxine Penas 88%
Aaron Peterson 50%
Neil Peterson 75%
Sandra Peterson 38%
Lawrence Pogemiller 33%
Duke Powell 100%
Jane Ranum 29%
Madelyn Reiter 89%
Claire Robling 100%
Tom Rukavina 38%
Connie Ruth 88%
Maria Ruud 63%
Brita Sailer 50%
Dallas Sams 88%
Char Samuelson 88%
Linda Scheid 56%
Marty Seifert 100%
Anthony Sertich 38%
Daniel Severson 86%
Dean Simpson 88%
Wesley Skoglund 11%
Nora Slawik 33%
Steve Smith 88%
Judy Soderstrom 100%
Loren Solberg 38%
Steven Sviggum 88%
Barbara Sykora 88%
Cy Thao 13%
Kathy Tingelstad 88%
Ray Vandeveer 100%
James Vickerman 67%
Neva Walker 13%
Lynn Wardlow 100%
Andy Welti 75%
Betsy Wergin 100%
Andrew Westerberg 88%
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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