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Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

2010 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic A
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican A-
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic F
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic F
MN U.S. House 6 Tom Emmer Republican A+
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic A
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 1A Dan Fabian Republican A
MN State House 1B Deb Kiel Republican A
MN State House 2B Steve Green Republican A-
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican A
MN State House 8B Mary Franson Republican A
MN State House 12A Jeff Backer Republican A-
MN State House 12B Paul Anderson Republican A
MN State House 13B Tim O'Driscoll Republican A
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican A
MN State House 16A Chris Swedzinski Republican A
MN State House 16B Paul Torkelson Republican A
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican A
MN State House 18B Glenn Gruenhagen Republican A
MN State House 20B David Bly Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican A+
MN State House 22A Joe Schomacker Republican A
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican A
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican A
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican A+
MN State House 25A Duane Quam Republican A
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor B+
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican A
MN State House 29A Joe McDonald Republican A
MN State House 31A Kurt Daudt Republican A
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican A
MN State House 35B Peggy Scott Republican A
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 38A Linda Runbeck Republican A
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican A
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican A
MN State House 39B Kathy Lohmer Republican A
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor C-
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State House 44A Sarah Anderson Republican A+
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican A+
MN State House 48B Jenifer Loon Republican A
MN State House 49B Paul Rosenthal Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 50A Linda Slocum Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 51A Sandra Masin Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor B+
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican A+
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 64A Erin Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor B-
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor A+
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican A+
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican A
MN State Senate 11 Tony Lourey Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican A
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican A
MN State Senate 16 Gary Dahms Republican A
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican A
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican A
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican A
MN State Senate 26 Carla Nelson Republican A-
MN State Senate 27 Dan Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State Senate 28 Jeremy Miller Republican A
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican A
MN State Senate 30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican A
MN State Senate 31 Michelle Benson Republican A
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican A+
MN State Senate 35 Jim Abeler II Republican A
MN State Senate 37 Jerry Newton Democratic/Farmer/Labor A-
MN State Senate 38 Roger Chamberlain Republican A
MN State Senate 39 Karin Housley Republican A
MN State Senate 41 Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor A
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State Senate 51 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State Senate 59 Bobby Joe Champion Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State Senate 62 Jeff Hayden Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor C
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor D
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN Attorney General Lori Swanson Democratic/Farmer/Labor A+
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik F
MN Commissioner 1 Ron Shimanski A
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins F
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard A
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina A
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg A+
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican A
Mark Ames A-
Darrin Anderson B+
Diane Anderson A
Ellen Anderson F
Tom Anzelc A
Joseph Atkins A
Michele Bachmann A
Jay Backer A-
King Banaian A
Chris Barden A
Bob Barrett A
Gina Bauman A
John Benson D
Mike Benson A
Linda Berglin F
Russ Bertsch B-
Adam Best C+
Donald Betzold F
Kurt Bills A
Jim Bischoff A-
Terri Bonoff C
Bill Brandt B-
Dave Brown A
Robin Brown A
Kathy Brynaert F
Mark Buesgens A
Julie Bunn A-
Lee Byberg A
John Carlson A
Tarryl Clark F
Teresa Collett B
Greg Copeland A
Chip Cravaack A
Roger Crawford A
Michael Cummins A
Kevin Dahle C
Theodore Daley A
Al DeKruif A
Alex De Marco B+
Randy Demmer A
Joel Demos A
David Dill A+
Norann Dillon A-
Denise Dittrich B+
Connie Doepke A
John Doll D
Al Doty A+
Keith Downey A
Tami Ekstrand A
Patrick Elgin C
Tom Ellenbecker A
Cindy Erickson C
Sharon Erickson Ropes C
Andrew Falk A
Tim Faust A
Leo Foley F
Greg French B
Joe Fricke F
Patti Fritz D
Paul Gardner D
Joseph Gimse A
Jim Godfrey C
Kevin Goedker A
Barbara Goodwin F
Steve Gottwalt A
Kathy Green A
Mindy Greiling F
Brian Grogan A-
Brian Gruber A-
Tom Hackbarth A+
David Hancock B
David Hann A
Nathan Hansen A
Jennifer Havlick D
Dale Helm A
Tom Heyd B
Barry Hickethier A
Bill Hilty F
Gretchen Hoffman A
Paul Holmgren B
Carinda Horton A
Larry Hosch A
John Howe A
Larry Howes A
Thomas Huntley F
Gail Kulick Jackson A-
Rob Jacobs F
Paul Jacobson A
Joel Jennissen A
Tim Johnson A-

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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