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Rating Group: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

2008 Positions on Pro-Business Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 80
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State House 5B Tom Anzelc Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 67
MN State House 10A John Ward Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State House 11B Tim Faust Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 83
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 67
MN State House 19B Kathy Brynaert Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 20B David Bly Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 83
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 100
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 83
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 83
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State House 25B Kim Norton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 67
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 83
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 67
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 67
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 83
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican 83
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 41B Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 44A Sarah Anderson Republican 67
MN State House 44B John Benson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 46A Ryan Winkler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 83
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State House 51A Sandra Masin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 67
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 80
MN State House 56B William Morgan Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 83
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 67
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 64A Erin Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 50
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 67
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 50
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State Senate 19 Kathy Sheran Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 20 Kevin Dahle Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 67
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 67
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 67
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 33
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 50
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 50
MN State Senate 51 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
Ellen Anderson 50
Linda Berglin 50
John Berns 83
Donald Betzold 50
Karla Bigham 33
Laura Brod 83
Robin Brown 67
Mark Buesgens 67
Julie Bunn 50
Satveer Chaudhary 50
Tarryl Clark 50
Richard Day 50
Chris DeLaForest 67
Randy Demmer 83
Stephen Dille 67
Denise Dittrich 67
John Doll 67
Willie Dominguez 33
Al Doty 50
Robert Eastlund 83
Tom Emmer 67
Sharon Erickson Ropes 50
Brad Finstad 83
Leo Foley 50
Dennis Frederickson 100
Paul Gardner 33
Chris Gerlach 50
Joseph Gimse 50
Steve Gottwalt 83
Mindy Greiling 33
Larry Haws 50
Bud Heidgerken 83
Linda Higgins 50
Bill Hilty 50
Larry Hosch 50
Larry Howes 67
Mike Jaros 33
Debbie Johnson 50
Al Juhnke 50
Michael Jungbauer 67
Jeremy Kalin 50
Margaret Kelliher 33
Katherine Knuth 50
Amy Koch 50
Paul Koering 50
Paul Kohls 80
Scott Kranz 75
Gary Kubly 67
Keith Langseth 67
Morrie Lanning 17
Dan Larson 67
Bernard Lieder 33
Ann Lynch 50
Shelley Madore 33
Doug Magnus 83
Carol McFarlane 67
Geoff Michel 67
Frank Moe 40
Terence Morrow 50
Mee Moua 50
Steve Murphy 60
David Olin 50
Rick Olseen 50
Gen Olson 67
Mark Olson 67
Mary Olson 50
Mary Otremba 50
Dennis Ozment 67
Patricia Pariseau 50
Aaron Peterson 33
Neil Peterson 100
Sandra Peterson 50
Lawrence Pogemiller 50
Claire Robling 67
Tom Rukavina 33
Sandy Rummel 67
Connie Ruth 100
Maria Ruud 67
Brita Sailer 50
Kathy Saltzman 83
Linda Scheid 83
Marty Seifert 83
Anthony Sertich 33
Daniel Severson 83
Ron Shimanski 83
Dean Simpson 83
Dan Skogen 80
Nora Slawik 50
Steve Smith 67
Loren Solberg 33
Marsha Swails 50
Cy Thao 33
Tom Tillberry 33
Kathy Tingelstad 83
Ken Tschumper 50
Ray Vandeveer 67
James Vickerman 67
Neva Walker 40
Lynn Wardlow 67
Andy Welti 50
Betsy Wergin 80

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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