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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota National Federation of Independent Business

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 100%
MN Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach Republican 86%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 93%
MN State House 14B Jim Knoblach Republican 93%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 93%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 93%
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 93%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 93%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 92%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 100%
MN State Senate 35 Jim Abeler II Republican 86%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 21%
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 50%
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins 20%
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 36%
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 100%
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican 100%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson 100%
Ron Abrams 86%
Ellen Anderson 13%
Irv Anderson 47%
Michele Bachmann 100%
William Belanger, Jr. 93%
Linda Berglin 14%
Donald Betzold 27%
Len Biernat 38%
Lynda Boudreau 87%
Francis Bradley 93%
Mark Buesgens 100%
Satveer Chaudhary 36%
Richard Day 100%
Jerry Dempsey 92%
Stephen Dille 100%
Dan Dorman 93%
John Dorn 47%
Robert Eastlund 100%
Matt Entenza 40%
Ron Erhardt 92%
Leo Foley 27%
Dennis Frederickson 86%
Douglas Fuller 93%
Barbara Goodwin 47%
Mindy Greiling 27%
Bill Haas 93%
Tom Hackbarth 93%
Elaine Harder 93%
Bill Hilty 33%
John Hottinger 31%
Larry Howes 73%
Thomas Huntley 53%
Carl Jacobson 93%
Mike Jaros 20%
Dean Elton Johnson 50%
Debbie Johnson 100%
Al Juhnke 53%
Phyllis Kahn 21%
Steve Kelley 46%
Margaret Kelliher 50%
Tony Kielkucki 93%
Bob Kierlin 100%
Sheila Kiscaden 93%
Dave Kleis 87%
David Knutson 100%
Philip Krinkie 93%
Gary Kubly 47%
Bill Kuisle 93%
Keith Langseth 53%
Cal Larson 100%
Dan Larson 71%
Ann Lenczewski 67%
Bernard Lieder 47%
Arlon Lindner 93%
Eric Lipman 87%
Becky Lourey 20%
Sharon Marko 53%
Jim Metzen 46%
Joe Mullery 33%
Steve Murphy 31%
Thomas Neuville 100%
Gen Olson 100%
Mark Olson 71%
Joe Opatz 71%
Mary Otremba 57%
Mark Ourada 100%
Dennis Ozment 87%
Patricia Pariseau 100%
Michael Paymar 40%
Maxine Penas 93%
Lawrence Pogemiller 20%
Thomas Pugh 36%
Jane Ranum 17%
Madelyn Reiter 100%
Jim Rhodes 87%
Claire Robling 93%
Connie Ruth 93%
Dallas Sams 53%
Linda Scheid 64%
Alice Seagren 93%
Marty Seifert 100%
Anthony Sertich 36%
Rod Skoe 40%
Wesley Skoglund 20%
Steve Smith 67%
Loren Solberg 50%
Doug Stang 93%
LeRoy Stumpf 36%
Steven Sviggum 93%
Howard Swenson 93%
Barbara Sykora 93%
Kathy Tingelstad 93%
Ray Vandeveer 93%
James Vickerman 60%
Neva Walker 23%
Dale Walz 87%
Scott Wasiluk 47%
Andrew Westerberg 87%
Tim Wilkin 100%

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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