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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota Sierra Club-North Star

2005-2006 Positions on Environmental Conservation

Issues: Environment
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 47
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 40
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 42
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 78
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 37
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 32
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 16
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 32
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 21
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 26
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 37
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 84
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 74
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72
MN State House 28B Gregory Davids Republican 22
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 26
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 21
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 21
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 84
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 21
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 42
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 68
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 47
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 32
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 27
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 37
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 84
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 21
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 57
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 21
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 47
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 32
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 53
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 44
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 29
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 50
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 40
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 81
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 43
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 60
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 69
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 32
Ron Abrams 72
Ellen Anderson 93
Irv Anderson 40
William Belanger, Jr. 75
Linda Berglin 88
Donald Betzold 88
Greg Blaine 21
Francis Bradley 32
Laura Brod 26
Mark Buesgens 16
Mike Charron 26
Satveer Chaudhary 93
Tarryl Clark 100
Ray Cox 89
Lloyd Cybart 26
Richard Day 44
Chris DeLaForest 26
Randy Demmer 26
Jerry Dempsey 37
Stephen Dille 46
Denise Dittrich 100
Dan Dorman 26
John Dorn 79
Robert Eastlund 26
Tom Emmer 16
Matt Entenza 100
Brad Finstad 22
Leo Foley 88
Dennis Frederickson 64
Chris Gerlach 56
Mindy Greiling 100
Larry Haws 80
Bud Heidgerken 21
Linda Higgins 88
Bill Hilty 89
Larry Hosch 58
John Hottinger 86
Larry Howes 37
Mike Jaros 89
Dean Elton Johnson 67
Debbie Johnson 43
Ruth Johnson 95
Al Juhnke 47
Michael Jungbauer 44
Steve Kelley 88
Margaret Kelliher 100
Bob Kierlin 38
Sheila Kiscaden 71
Karen Klinzing 21
Jim Knoblach 26
Amy Koch 50
Paul Koering 38
Paul Kohls 26
Philip Krinkie 32
Gary Kubly 75
Keith Langseth 50
Morrie Lanning 32
Cal Larson 47
Dan Larson 100
Brian LeClair 31
Bernard Lieder 84
Becky Lourey 87
Doug Magnus 19
Sharon Marko 87
Mike McGinn 69
Doug Meslow 68
Geoff Michel 69
Frank Moe 74
Mee Moua 93
Steve Murphy 73
Peter Nelson 26
Thomas Neuville 69
Gen Olson 60
Mark Olson 22
Mary Olson 22
Mary Otremba 58
Dennis Ozment 47
Patricia Pariseau 45
Maxine Penas 33
Aaron Peterson 95
Neil Peterson 42
Sandra Peterson 100
Lawrence Pogemiller 87
Duke Powell 39
Jane Ranum 93
Madelyn Reiter 44
Claire Robling 53
Tom Rukavina 42
Connie Ruth 26
Maria Ruud 100
Brita Sailer 74
Dallas Sams 50
Char Samuelson 47
Linda Scheid 62
Marty Seifert 21
Anthony Sertich 53
Daniel Severson 26
Dean Simpson 32
Wesley Skoglund 88
Nora Slawik 95
Steve Smith 44
Judy Soderstrom 16
Loren Solberg 68
Steven Sviggum 26
Barbara Sykora 32
Cy Thao 100
Kathy Tingelstad 63
Ray Vandeveer 21
James Vickerman 63
Neva Walker 100
Lynn Wardlow 32
Andy Welti 63
Betsy Wergin 31

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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