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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota Family Council-Minnesota Family Institute

2003-2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 89%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 89%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 89%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 89%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 89%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 100%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 89%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 89%
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 78%
MN State House 28B Gregory Davids Republican 89%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 89%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 100%
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 89%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 78%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 100%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 89%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 78%
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 89%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 89%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 67%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 100%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 88%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 89%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 89%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 100%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 89%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 56%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100%
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 100%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 100%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 71%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 100%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
Ron Abrams 38%
Ellen Anderson 0%
Irv Anderson 50%
William Belanger, Jr. 63%
Linda Berglin 13%
Donald Betzold 11%
Greg Blaine 89%
Francis Bradley 89%
Laura Brod 89%
Mark Buesgens 89%
Mike Charron 100%
Satveer Chaudhary 0%
Ray Cox 44%
Lloyd Cybart 100%
Richard Day 88%
Chris DeLaForest 88%
Randy Demmer 89%
Jerry Dempsey 100%
Stephen Dille 71%
Denise Dittrich 33%
Dan Dorman 56%
John Dorn 38%
Robert Eastlund 89%
Tom Emmer 100%
Matt Entenza 22%
Brad Finstad 89%
Leo Foley 0%
Dennis Frederickson 100%
Chris Gerlach 100%
Mindy Greiling 22%
Bud Heidgerken 89%
Linda Higgins 0%
Bill Hilty 25%
Larry Hosch 67%
John Hottinger 0%
Larry Howes 89%
Mike Jaros 13%
Dean Elton Johnson 0%
Debbie Johnson 86%
Jeff Johnson 100%
Ruth Johnson 0%
Al Juhnke 78%
Michael Jungbauer 100%
Steve Kelley 0%
Margaret Kelliher 13%
Bob Kierlin 44%
Sheila Kiscaden 14%
Karen Klinzing 100%
Jim Knoblach 89%
Paul Koering 75%
Paul Kohls 89%
Philip Krinkie 100%
Gary Kubly 22%
Keith Langseth 0%
Morrie Lanning 89%
Cal Larson 89%
Dan Larson 22%
Brian LeClair 100%
Bernard Lieder 67%
Becky Lourey 0%
Doug Magnus 89%
Sharon Marko 13%
Mike McGinn 89%
Doug Meslow 75%
Geoff Michel 67%
Frank Moe 33%
Mee Moua 0%
Steve Murphy 0%
Peter Nelson 89%
Thomas Neuville 89%
Gen Olson 100%
Mark Olson 88%
Mary Otremba 100%
Dennis Ozment 89%
Patricia Pariseau 89%
Maxine Penas 89%
Aaron Peterson 75%
Neil Peterson 67%
Sandra Peterson 0%
Lawrence Pogemiller 0%
Duke Powell 89%
Jane Ranum 0%
Madelyn Reiter 89%
Claire Robling 89%
Tom Rukavina 0%
Connie Ruth 89%
Maria Ruud 0%
Brita Sailer 0%
Dallas Sams 14%
Char Samuelson 78%
Linda Scheid 0%
Marty Seifert 100%
Anthony Sertich 25%
Daniel Severson 89%
Dean Simpson 88%
Wesley Skoglund 11%
Nora Slawik 22%
Steve Smith 89%
Judy Soderstrom 89%
Loren Solberg 25%
Steven Sviggum 89%
Barbara Sykora 89%
Cy Thao 11%
Kathy Tingelstad 71%
Ray Vandeveer 100%
James Vickerman 14%
Neva Walker 13%
Lynn Wardlow 89%
Andy Welti 0%
Betsy Wergin 89%
Andrew Westerberg 89%
Tim Wilkin 89%

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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