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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota Family Council-Minnesota Family Institute

2005-2006 Positions on Conservative Values

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 80
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 90
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 80
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 80
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 90
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 90
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 90
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 70
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80
MN State House 28B Gregory Davids Republican 70
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 80
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 90
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 80
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 80
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 90
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 90
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 80
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 80
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 80
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 80
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20
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 10
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80
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 89
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 80
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 90
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 78
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 80
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 60
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 60
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 78
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 30
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 90
Ron Abrams 22
Ellen Anderson 0
Irv Anderson 44
William Belanger, Jr. 67
Linda Berglin 10
Donald Betzold 10
Greg Blaine 90
Francis Bradley 90
Laura Brod 80
Mark Buesgens 90
Mike Charron 90
Satveer Chaudhary 0
Tarryl Clark 0
Ray Cox 50
Lloyd Cybart 90
Richard Day 90
Chris DeLaForest 80
Randy Demmer 80
Jerry Dempsey 90
Stephen Dille 78
Denise Dittrich 50
Dan Dorman 40
John Dorn 30
Robert Eastlund 100
Tom Emmer 90
Matt Entenza 22
Brad Finstad 90
Leo Foley 0
Dennis Frederickson 100
Chris Gerlach 100
Mindy Greiling 30
Larry Haws 71
Bud Heidgerken 70
Linda Higgins 0
Bill Hilty 10
Larry Hosch 60
John Hottinger 0
Larry Howes 90
Mike Jaros 10
Dean Elton Johnson 0
Debbie Johnson 86
Ruth Johnson 20
Al Juhnke 70
Michael Jungbauer 100
Steve Kelley 0
Margaret Kelliher 30
Bob Kierlin 60
Sheila Kiscaden 29
Karen Klinzing 80
Jim Knoblach 90
Amy Koch 100
Paul Koering 89
Paul Kohls 80
Philip Krinkie 90
Gary Kubly 20
Keith Langseth 0
Morrie Lanning 90
Cal Larson 90
Brian LeClair 100
Bernard Lieder 60
Becky Lourey 0
Doug Magnus 90
Sharon Marko 13
Mike McGinn 90
Doug Meslow 70
Geoff Michel 70
Frank Moe 60
Mee Moua 0
Steve Murphy 0
Peter Nelson 80
Thomas Neuville 90
Gen Olson 100
Mark Olson 89
Mary Otremba 90
Dennis Ozment 80
Patricia Pariseau 90
Maxine Penas 90
Aaron Peterson 50
Neil Peterson 80
Sandra Peterson 44
Lawrence Pogemiller 0
Duke Powell 80
Jane Ranum 0
Madelyn Reiter 90
Claire Robling 80
Tom Rukavina 10
Connie Ruth 80
Maria Ruud 40
Brita Sailer 40
Dallas Sams 11
Char Samuelson 70
Linda Scheid 0
Marty Seifert 90
Anthony Sertich 10
Daniel Severson 90
Dean Simpson 90
Wesley Skoglund 10
Nora Slawik 40
Steve Smith 80
Judy Soderstrom 90
Loren Solberg 13
Steven Sviggum 80
Barbara Sykora 80
Cy Thao 10
Kathy Tingelstad 70
Ray Vandeveer 80
James Vickerman 11
Neva Walker 20
Lynn Wardlow 80
Andy Welti 30
Betsy Wergin 90
Andrew Westerberg 90
Tim Wilkin 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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