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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 88%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN U.S. House 6 Tom Emmer Republican 100%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 75%
MN State House 14B Jim Knoblach Republican 100%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 88%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 88%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 88%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 100%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 100%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 100%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 100%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 88%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 88%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 88%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 100%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 88%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 100%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 100%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 75%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 100%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 100%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 88%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 88%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100%
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 88%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 83%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 100%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 100%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN Mayor At-Large Nora Slawik 25%
MN Commissioner 2 Linda Higgins 25%
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard 100%
MN Commissioner 4 Tom Rukavina 25%
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 88%
MN Commissioner 7 Chris Gerlach Republican 88%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson 88%
Jim Abeler II 63%
Ron Abrams 88%
Ellen Anderson 14%
Irv Anderson 25%
Michele Bachmann 88%
William Belanger, Jr. 100%
Linda Berglin 14%
Donald Betzold 13%
Greg Blaine 100%
Francis Bradley 100%
Laura Brod 88%
Mark Buesgens 88%
Mike Charron 88%
Satveer Chaudhary 13%
Ray Cox 75%
Lloyd Cybart 100%
Richard Day 100%
Chris DeLaForest 88%
Randy Demmer 100%
Jerry Dempsey 86%
Stephen Dille 71%
Denise Dittrich 50%
Dan Dorman 63%
John Dorn 25%
Robert Eastlund 88%
Matt Entenza 13%
Brad Finstad 86%
Leo Foley 13%
Dennis Frederickson 75%
Patti Fritz 25%
David Gaither 100%
Mindy Greiling 25%
Bud Heidgerken 100%
Bill Hilty 13%
Larry Hosch 63%
John Hottinger 14%
Larry Howes 88%
Thomas Huntley 17%
Mike Jaros 13%
Dean Elton Johnson 14%
Debbie Johnson 100%
Ruth Johnson 25%
Al Juhnke 25%
Michael Jungbauer 88%
Steve Kelley 38%
Margaret Kelliher 13%
Bob Kierlin 86%
Sheila Kiscaden 33%
Dave Kleis 86%
Karen Klinzing 88%
Paul Koering 75%
Paul Kohls 88%
Philip Krinkie 88%
Gary Kubly 25%
Keith Langseth 25%
Morrie Lanning 100%
Cal Larson 100%
Dan Larson 63%
Brian LeClair 88%
Bernard Lieder 25%
Becky Lourey 13%
Doug Magnus 100%
Sharon Marko 14%
Mike McGinn 100%
Doug Meslow 88%
Geoff Michel 100%
Frank Moe 50%
Mee Moua 13%
Steve Murphy 29%
Peter Nelson 88%
Thomas Neuville 100%
Gen Olson 100%
Mark Olson 86%
Joe Opatz 63%
Mary Otremba 25%
Mark Ourada 100%
Dennis Ozment 88%
Patricia Pariseau 100%
Michael Paymar 13%
Maxine Penas 88%
Aaron Peterson 13%
Neil Peterson 88%
Sandra Peterson 13%
Lawrence Pogemiller 13%
Duke Powell 88%
Prettner Solon 25%
Jane Ranum 17%
Madelyn Reiter 88%
Claire Robling 100%
Connie Ruth 88%
Maria Ruud 38%
Brita Sailer 13%
Dallas Sams 29%
Char Samuelson 75%
Linda Scheid 25%
Marty Seifert 88%
Anthony Sertich 25%
Daniel Severson 100%
Dean Simpson 88%
Wesley Skoglund 13%
Steve Smith 75%
Judy Soderstrom 88%
Loren Solberg 25%
Steven Sviggum 100%
Barbara Sykora 88%
Cy Thao 13%
Kathy Tingelstad 63%
Ray Vandeveer 88%
James Vickerman 25%
Neva Walker 13%
Lynn Wardlow 88%
Andy Welti 25%
Betsy Wergin 100%
Andrew Westerberg 88%
Tim Wilkin 88%

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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