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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Legislative Evaluation Assembly of Minnesota, Inc.

2009 Lifetime Score

Issues: Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN State Senate 35 Jim Abeler II Republican 48%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 92%
Ellen Anderson 7%
MN State House 12B Paul Anderson Republican 56%
MN State House 44A Sarah Anderson Republican 68%
Tom Anzelc 14%
Joseph Atkins 12%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 19%
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard 66%
John Benson 0%
Linda Berglin 12%
Donald Betzold 8%
MN Commissioner 4 Karla Bigham 2%
MN State House 20B David Bly Democratic/Farmer/Labor 2%
Terri Bonoff 4%
Laura Brod 64%
Robin Brown 7%
Kathy Brynaert 2%
Mark Buesgens 92%
Julie Bunn 14%
MN State Senate 51 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State Senate 59 Bobby Joe Champion Democratic/Farmer/Labor 2%
Satveer Chaudhary 11%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
Tarryl Clark 2%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
Tony Cornish 59%
Kevin Dahle 5%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 61%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
Richard Day 61%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 82%
Randy Demmer 62%
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican 80%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
David Dill 30%
Stephen Dille 54%
Denise Dittrich 20%
Connie Doepke 61%
John Doll 6%
Al Doty 19%
Keith Downey 50%
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 93%
Robert Eastlund 74%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MN U.S. House 6 Tom Emmer Republican 94%
Sharon Erickson Ropes 6%
Andrew Falk 17%
Tim Faust 10%
MN Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach Republican 64%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 64%
Lisa Fobbe 18%
Leo Foley 15%
Dennis Frederickson 53%
Patti Fritz 14%
Paul Gardner 3%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 65%
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican 80%
Joseph Gimse 40%
Steve Gottwalt 60%
Mindy Greiling 17%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 61%
Tom Hackbarth 72%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 57%
David Hann 74%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
Larry Haws 16%
MN State Senate 62 Jeff Hayden Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6%
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins 7%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
Bill Hilty 14%
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 88%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 75%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
Larry Hosch 29%
Larry Howes 55%
Thomas Huntley 17%
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 63%
Gail Kulick Jackson 6%
Debbie Johnson 62%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
Al Juhnke 33%
Michael Jungbauer 64%
Phyllis Kahn 9%
Jeremy Kalin 9%
Kory Kath 22%
Kenneth Kelash 5%
Margaret Kelliher 13%
Tim Kelly 44%
MN State Senate 30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican 67%
Katherine Knuth 0%
Amy Koch 67%
Lyle Koenen 37%
Paul Koering 51%
Paul Kohls 80%
Gary Kubly 15%
MN State Senate 41 Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Keith Langseth 29%
Morrie Lanning 51%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
Ann Lenczewski 38%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
Bernard Lieder 27%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 82%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
MN State House 48B Jenifer Loon Republican 44%
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
Ann Lynch 10%
Tara Mack 42%
Doug Magnus 63%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 39%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State House 51A Sandra Masin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
Carol McFarlane 41%
Denny McNamara 48%
Jim Metzen 22%
Geoff Michel 53%
William Morgan 2%
Terence Morrow 0%
Mee Moua 9%
Joe Mullery 18%
Mark Murdock 51%
MN State House 64A Erin Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
Steve Murphy 15%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State Senate 37 Jerry Newton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 61%
Kim Norton 8%
Mike Obermueller 6%
David Olin 20%
Rick Olseen 11%
Gen Olson 72%
Mary Olson 10%
Julianne Ortman 67%
Mary Otremba 45%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 5%
Patricia Pariseau 67%
Michael Paymar 13%
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 34%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 82%
John Persell 6%
Sandra Peterson 8%
Lawrence Pogemiller 6%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
Prettner Solon 3%
Roger Reinert 6%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 16%
Claire Robling 60%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 47%
MN State House 49B Paul Rosenthal Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 16%
Sandy Rummel 4%
Maria Ruud 13%
Brita Sailer 18%
Kathy Saltzman 4%
Tim Sanders 67%
Tom Saxhaug 15%
Bev Scalze 14%
Linda Scheid 13%
MN State House 35B Peggy Scott Republican 83%
Marty Seifert 78%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 55%
Anthony Sertich 21%
Daniel Severson 70%
Kathy Sheran 6%
MN Commissioner 1 Ron Shimanski 91%
Katie Sieben 12%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 5%
Rod Skoe 19%
Dan Skogen 24%
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 18%
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Steve Smith 74%
Loren Solberg 20%
MN State Senate 27 Dan Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
Phillip Sterner 11%
LeRoy Stumpf 27%
Marsha Swails 8%
Cy Thao 5%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
Tom Tillberry 0%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 16B Paul Torkelson Republican 61%
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 3%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 55%
Ray Vandeveer 80%
James Vickerman 36%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
John Ward 14%
Andy Welti 19%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 66%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%

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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