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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 82%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 100%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 73%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 82%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 82%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State House 28B Gregory Davids Republican 82%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 91%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 73%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 100%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 82%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 60%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 90%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 100%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN Commissioner 2 Tom Workman 91%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 91%
Ron Abrams 73%
Ellen Anderson 18%
Irv Anderson 36%
William Belanger, Jr. 70%
Charles Berg 67%
Linda Berglin 20%
Donald Betzold 27%
Len Biernat 22%
Dave Bishop 82%
Lynda Boudreau 70%
Francis Bradley 73%
Mark Buesgens 82%
George Cassell 80%
Satveer Chaudhary 36%
James Clark 82%
Roxann Daggett 82%
Andy Dawkins 10%
Richard Day 78%
Steve Dehler 82%
Jerry Dempsey 70%
Stephen Dille 75%
Dan Dorman 82%
John Dorn 36%
Robert Eastlund 91%
Matt Entenza 10%
Geri Evans 18%
Tim Finseth 82%
Leo Foley 45%
Betty Folliard 20%
Chuck Fowler 64%
Dennis Frederickson 60%
Douglas Fuller 73%
Chris Gerlach 91%
Mark Gleason 18%
Kevin Goodno 73%
Gregory Gray 10%
Mindy Greiling 18%
Bill Haas 82%
Elaine Harder 73%
Linda Higgins 27%
Bill Hilty 27%
Mark Holsten 90%
John Hottinger 50%
Larry Howes 64%
Carl Jacobson 82%
Mike Jaros 10%
Loren Jennings 36%
David Johnson 25%
Dean Elton Johnson 64%
Debbie Johnson 90%
Douglas Johnson 14%
Ruth Johnson 36%
John Jordan 82%
Al Juhnke 27%
Henry Kalis 30%
Steve Kelley 45%
Margaret Kelliher 18%
Tony Kielkucki 82%
Bob Kierlin 80%
Anthony Kinkel 40%
Sheila Kiscaden 80%
Dave Kleis 60%
Jim Knoblach 82%
David Knutson 90%
Luanne Koskinen 27%
Jane Krentz 64%
Philip Krinkie 82%
Gary Kubly 40%
Bill Kuisle 80%
Keith Langseth 64%
Cal Larson 89%
Dan Larson 40%
Robert Leighton, Jr. 18%
Peggy Leppik 60%
Arlene Lesewski 78%
Bob Lessard 70%
Bernard Lieder 36%
Arlon Lindner 82%
Eric Lipman 82%
Becky Lourey 20%
Harry Mares 73%
Sharon Marko 30%
Dan McElroy 82%
Mary Jo McGuire 0%
Bob Milbert 45%
Roger Moe 25%
Carol Molnau 91%
Mee Moua 45%
Richard Mulder 91%
Steve Murphy 40%
Robert Ness 82%
Thomas Neuville 75%
Edward Oliver 89%
Gen Olson 80%
Mark Olson 73%
Joe Opatz 45%
Myron Orfield 25%
Mike Osskopp 82%
Tom Osthoff 55%
Mary Otremba 36%
Mark Ourada 88%
Dennis Ozment 73%
Patricia Pariseau 78%
Tim Pawlenty 82%
Maxine Penas 80%
Doug Peterson 27%
Lawrence Pogemiller 18%
Leonard Price 36%
Thomas Pugh 36%
Jane Ranum 27%
Madelyn Reiter 100%
Jim Rhodes 64%
Michelle Rifenberg 90%
Twyla Ring 18%
Martha Robertson 89%
Claire Robling 70%
Tom Rukavina 27%
Connie Ruth 73%
Julie Ann Sabo 20%
Dallas Sams 60%
Don Samuelson 67%
Kenric Scheevel 78%
Linda Scheid 73%
Leslie Schumacher 36%
Grace Stabell Schwab 56%
Alice Seagren 73%
Marty Seifert 91%
Anthony Sertich 36%
Wesley Skoglund 18%
Nora Slawik 45%
Steve Smith 73%
Loren Solberg 22%
Richard Stanek 90%
Doug Stang 73%
Dan Stevens 60%
Steven Sviggum 82%
Dale Swapinski 27%
Howard Swenson 82%
Barbara Sykora 82%
Roy Terwilliger 86%
Mark Thompson 45%
Kathy Tingelstad 82%
John Tuma 64%
Ray Vandeveer 91%
James Vickerman 70%
Neva Walker 9%
Dale Walz 64%
Scott Wasiluk 36%
Andrew Westerberg 82%
Deanna Wiener 64%
Tim Wilkin 82%
Ted Winter 18%
Ken Wolf 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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