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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 6 Tom Emmer Republican 90%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 5A John Persell Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 5B Tom Anzelc Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 92%
MN State House 12B Paul Anderson Republican 100%
MN State House 16B Paul Torkelson Republican 92%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 100%
MN State House 20B David Bly Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 21A Tim Kelly Republican 92%
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 92%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 100%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 92%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 100%
MN State House 25B Kim Norton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 62%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 69%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 92%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 92%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 92%
MN State House 35B Peggy Scott Republican 92%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 37B Tim Sanders Republican 92%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 100%
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican 91%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 41B Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 44A Sarah Anderson Republican 92%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 46A Ryan Winkler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 92%
MN State House 48B Jenifer Loon Republican 100%
MN State House 49B Paul Rosenthal Democratic/Farmer/Labor 46%
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 51A Sandra Masin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 100%
MN State House 57A Tara Mack Republican 100%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 85%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 64A Erin Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 46%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 31%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 46%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 31%
MN State Senate 7 Roger Reinert Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 75%
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 91%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 82%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 31%
MN State Senate 19 Kathy Sheran Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State Senate 20 Kevin Dahle Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 100%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 83%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 54%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 92%
MN State Senate 30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican 92%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 75%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 31%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 73%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 82%
MN State Senate 51 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 42%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 58%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 31%
MN State Senate 59 Bobby Joe Champion Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN State Senate 62 Jeff Hayden Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 23%
MN Commissioner 1 Ron Shimanski 92%
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins 38%
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard 100%
MN Commissioner 4 Karla Bigham 23%
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 15%
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 92%
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican 91%
Jim Abeler II 77%
Ellen Anderson 33%
John Benson 31%
Linda Berglin 18%
Donald Betzold 38%
Laura Brod 100%
Robin Brown 23%
Kathy Brynaert 15%
Mark Buesgens 92%
Julie Bunn 46%
Satveer Chaudhary 25%
Tarryl Clark 42%
Randy Demmer 100%
David Dill 17%
Stephen Dille 80%
Denise Dittrich 46%
Connie Doepke 100%
John Doll 42%
Al Doty 31%
Keith Downey 100%
Robert Eastlund 91%
Sharon Erickson Ropes 42%
Andrew Falk 23%
Tim Faust 46%
Lisa Fobbe 50%
Leo Foley 31%
Dennis Frederickson 80%
Patti Fritz 15%
Paul Gardner 31%
Joseph Gimse 82%
Steve Gottwalt 92%
Mindy Greiling 8%
Larry Haws 23%
Bill Hilty 8%
Larry Hosch 23%
Larry Howes 92%
Thomas Huntley 23%
Gail Kulick Jackson 38%
Debbie Johnson 75%
Al Juhnke 31%
Michael Jungbauer 82%
Jeremy Kalin 15%
Kory Kath 62%
Kenneth Kelash 15%
Margaret Kelliher 15%
Katherine Knuth 8%
Amy Koch 82%
Paul Koering 90%
Paul Kohls 92%
Gary Kubly 58%
Keith Langseth 46%
Morrie Lanning 100%
Bernard Lieder 15%
Ann Lynch 38%
Doug Magnus 100%
Carol McFarlane 100%
Geoff Michel 100%
William Morgan 31%
Terence Morrow 15%
Mee Moua 46%
Mark Murdock 92%
Steve Murphy 54%
Gerald Newton 15%
Mike Obermueller 46%
David Olin 46%
Rick Olseen 38%
Gen Olson 91%
Mary Olson 33%
Mary Otremba 46%
Patricia Pariseau 80%
Michael Paymar 15%
Sandra Peterson 23%
Lawrence Pogemiller 46%
Prettner Solon 25%
Claire Robling 82%
Sandy Rummel 33%
Maria Ruud 31%
Brita Sailer 15%
Kathy Saltzman 77%
Linda Scheid 62%
Marty Seifert 92%
Anthony Sertich 15%
Daniel Severson 92%
Dan Skogen 50%
Steve Smith 85%
Loren Solberg 17%
Phillip Sterner 54%
Marsha Swails 54%
Cy Thao 8%
Tom Tillberry 8%
Ray Vandeveer 92%
James Vickerman 54%
John Ward 15%
Andy Welti 38%
Kurt Zellers 92%

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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