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Rating Group: Minnesota Family Council-Minnesota Family Institute

2012 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN State House 1A Dan Fabian Republican 80%
MN State House 1B Deb Kiel Republican 80%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State House 5A John Persell Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 80%
MN State House 8B Mary Franson Republican 80%
MN State House 12B Paul Anderson Republican 60%
MN State House 13B Tim O'Driscoll Republican 80%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 90%
MN State House 16A Chris Swedzinski Republican 80%
MN State House 16B Paul Torkelson Republican 80%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 90%
MN State House 18B Glenn Gruenhagen Republican 100%
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 100%
MN State House 22A Joe Schomacker Republican 90%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 80%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 80%
MN State House 25A Duane Quam Republican 100%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 80%
MN State House 29A Joe McDonald Republican 100%
MN State House 31A Kurt Daudt Republican 90%
MN State House 35B Peggy Scott Republican 100%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State House 38A Linda Runbeck Republican 100%
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican 100%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 46A Ryan Winkler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 80%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 65A Rena Moran Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 75%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 100%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 80%
MN State Senate 16 Gary Dahms Republican 94%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 94%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 81%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 81%
MN State Senate 26 Carla Nelson Republican 75%
MN State Senate 27 Dan Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 19%
MN State Senate 28 Jeremy Miller Republican 69%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100%
MN State Senate 30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican 100%
MN State Senate 31 Michelle Benson Republican 100%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 100%
MN State Senate 35 Jim Abeler II Republican 70%
MN State Senate 38 Roger Chamberlain Republican 88%
MN State Senate 40 Chris Eaton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State Senate 41 Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6%
MN State Senate 56 Dan Hall Republican 100%
MN State Senate 59 Bobby Joe Champion Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State Senate 60 Kari Dziedzic Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 62 Jeff Hayden Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 19%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 19%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 0%
MN Commissioner 1 Ron Shimanski 80%
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins 6%
MN Commissioner 2 Mary Jo McGuire 25%
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard 80%
MN Commissioner 3 Marion Greene 20%
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 10%
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 80%
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican 100%
MN Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Susan Allen 40%
Diane Anderson 100%
Sarah Anderson 80%
Tom Anzelc 0%
Joseph Atkins 10%
King Banaian 90%
Bob Barrett 100%
John Benson 0%
Mike Benson 100%
Kurt Bills 90%
Terri Bonoff 19%
Dave Brown 94%
Kathy Brynaert 0%
Mark Buesgens 90%
John Carlson 81%
Karen Clark 20%
Tony Cornish 80%
Roger Crawford 90%
Theodore Daley 94%
Matt Dean 90%
Al DeKruif 94%
David Dill 40%
Denise Dittrich 50%
Connie Doepke 70%
Keith Downey 100%
Andrew Falk 20%
Michelle Fischbach 75%
Patti Fritz 50%
Kerry Gauthier 20%
Joseph Gimse 75%
Barbara Goodwin 6%
Steve Gottwalt 90%
Mindy Greiling 30%
Tom Hackbarth 100%
David Hancock 100%
David Hann 94%
John Harrington 6%
Debra Hilstrom 0%
Bill Hilty 0%
Gretchen Hoffman 100%
Joe Hoppe 80%
Larry Hosch 50%
John Howe 94%
Larry Howes 80%
Thomas Huntley 0%
Sheldon Johnson 10%
Michael Jungbauer 88%
Phyllis Kahn 20%
Kory Kath 50%
Kenneth Kelash 6%
Tim Kelly 50%
Andrea Kieffer 80%
Katherine Knuth 10%
Amy Koch 75%
Lyle Koenen 63%
John Kriesel 70%
Benjamin Kruse 100%
Keith Langseth 31%
Morrie Lanning 80%
Ernie Leidiger 100%
Mike LeMieur 80%
Ann Lenczewski 70%
Ted Lillie 100%
Kathy Lohmer 100%
Jenifer Loon 80%
Tony Lourey 19%
Tara Mack 80%
Doug Magnus 75%
Pat Mazorol 100%
Carolyn McElfatrick 100%
Carol McFarlane 70%
Denny McNamara 80%
Carly Melin 0%
Jim Metzen 6%
Geoff Michel 75%
Terence Morrow 10%
Joe Mullery 20%
Mark Murdock 60%
Erin Murphy 10%
Rich Murray 70%
Pam Myhra 90%
Sean Nienow 94%
Kim Norton 10%
Gen Olson 75%
Julianne Ortman 94%
Michael Parry 88%
Michael Paymar 20%
John Pederson 81%
Joyce Peppin 90%
Branden Petersen 80%
Sandra Peterson 10%
Roger Reinert 6%
Claire Robling 81%
Tim Sanders 80%
Tom Saxhaug 25%
Bev Scalze 30%
Kathy Sheran 6%
Katie Sieben 13%
Rod Skoe 13%
Linda Slocum 0%
Steve Smith 50%
Kirk Stensrud 100%
LeRoy Stumpf 56%
Dave Thompson 94%
Tom Tillberry 0%
Ray Vandeveer 100%
Bruce Vogel 90%
John Ward 50%
Doug Wardlow 100%
Pam Wolf 94%
Kelby Woodard 80%
Kurt Zellers 90%

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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