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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

1998 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican B
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor A-
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican A-
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican A-
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican B-
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor B+
MN State House 28B Gregory Davids Republican A
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican A
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican A-
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor C-
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican C
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor A+
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican A
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican A
MN State Senate 37 Alice Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN Commissioner 2 Tom Workman A
Ron Abrams C
Irv Anderson A
Len Biernat F
Dave Bishop C-
Lynda Boudreau A+
Francis Bradley C
Sherry Broecker A
Phil Carruthers D
George Cassell A-
Satveer Chaudhary F
James Clark A
Roxann Daggett A-
Andy Dawkins F
Steve Dehler A
Jerry Dempsey C
Dan Dorman A-
John Dorn D
Matt Entenza F
Tim Finseth A+
Douglas Fuller A-
Chris Gerlach A-
Kevin Goodno A
Lee Greenfield F
Mindy Greiling F
Barb Haake B
Bill Haas A-
Elaine Harder B-
Kris Hasskamp A+
Bill Hilty C+
Mark Holsten A
Larry Howes A
Mike Jaros F
Loren Jennings B
Al Juhnke B
Henry Kalis A
Tony Kielkucki A
Jim Knoblach B-
Luanne Koskinen D
Philip Krinkie A
William Kuisle A-
Peg Larsen A
Dan Larson A-
Robert Leighton, Jr. B
Peggy Leppik F
Bernard Lieder B
Arlon Lindner A
Darlene Luther D
Harry Mares A
Sharon Marko F
Dan McElroy B+
Mary Jo McGuire F+
Bob Milbert A
Carol Molnau A
Richard Mulder A
Robert Ness A
Mark Olson A
Myron Orfield F
Mike Osskopp A-
Mary Otremba A
Dennis Ozment A
Tim Pawlenty A
Doug Peterson B
Thomas Pugh A
Doug Reuter A-
Jim Rhodes C
Michelle Rifenberg A-
Jim Rostberg B+
Tom Rukavina A+
Leslie Schumacher A+
Alice Seagren B+
Jim Seifert C+
Marty Seifert A-
Wesley Skoglund F
Steve Smith A
Loren Solberg A
Richard Stanek B+
Doug Stang A
Julie Storm A-
Steven Sviggum A
Howard Swenson B+
Barbara Sykora B+
Kathy Tingelstad A
John Tuma B+
Jim Tunheim A-
Henry Todd Van Dellen C+
Ray Vandeveer A
Linda Wejcman F
Stephen Wenzel A
Andrew Westerberg A-
Robert Westfall A
Tim Wilkin A
Ted Winter C+
Ken Wolf B+

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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