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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 75%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 86%
MN Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 75%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 75%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 75%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 75%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 75%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 75%
MN State House 24B Patti Fritz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 28B Gregory Davids Republican 75%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 75%
MN State House 34A Joyce Peppin Republican 75%
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 75%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 100%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 38B Matt Dean Republican 75%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 46B Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 75%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 100%
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 75%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 75%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 100%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 75%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 89%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 75%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 88%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 100%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 78%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 89%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 50%
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 89%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 89%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 42 Bev Scalze Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MN State Senate 44 Terri Bonoff Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 89%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 100%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN Commissioner 7 Jeff Johnson Republican 75%
Ron Abrams 100%
Ellen Anderson 22%
Irv Anderson 50%
William Belanger, Jr. 78%
Linda Berglin 33%
Donald Betzold 33%
Greg Blaine 75%
Francis Bradley 75%
Laura Brod 75%
Mark Buesgens 75%
Mike Charron 75%
Satveer Chaudhary 33%
Tarryl Clark 56%
Ray Cox 100%
Lloyd Cybart 75%
Richard Day 89%
Chris DeLaForest 75%
Randy Demmer 75%
Jerry Dempsey 75%
Stephen Dille 75%
Denise Dittrich 100%
Dan Dorman 75%
John Dorn 100%
Robert Eastlund 75%
Tom Emmer 75%
Matt Entenza 75%
Brad Finstad 75%
Leo Foley 33%
Dennis Frederickson 78%
Chris Gerlach 100%
Mindy Greiling 100%
Larry Haws 75%
Bud Heidgerken 75%
Linda Higgins 44%
Bill Hilty 75%
Larry Hosch 75%
John Hottinger 38%
Larry Howes 75%
Mike Jaros 75%
Dean Elton Johnson 33%
Debbie Johnson 89%
Ruth Johnson 100%
Al Juhnke 75%
Michael Jungbauer 88%
Steve Kelley 44%
Margaret Kelliher 75%
Bob Kierlin 89%
Sheila Kiscaden 33%
Karen Klinzing 50%
Jim Knoblach 75%
Amy Koch 89%
Paul Koering 89%
Paul Kohls 75%
Philip Krinkie 100%
Gary Kubly 33%
Keith Langseth 67%
Morrie Lanning 75%
Cal Larson 89%
Dan Larson 75%
Brian LeClair 89%
Bernard Lieder 75%
Becky Lourey 33%
Doug Magnus 75%
Sharon Marko 44%
Mike McGinn 100%
Doug Meslow 100%
Geoff Michel 78%
Frank Moe 75%
Mee Moua 43%
Steve Murphy 38%
Peter Nelson 75%
Thomas Neuville 75%
Gen Olson 100%
Mark Olson 33%
Mary Otremba 75%
Dennis Ozment 75%
Patricia Pariseau 100%
Maxine Penas 75%
Aaron Peterson 100%
Neil Peterson 100%
Sandra Peterson 100%
Lawrence Pogemiller 44%
Duke Powell 100%
Jane Ranum 22%
Madelyn Reiter 89%
Claire Robling 89%
Tom Rukavina 50%
Connie Ruth 75%
Maria Ruud 100%
Brita Sailer 75%
Dallas Sams 63%
Char Samuelson 100%
Linda Scheid 38%
Marty Seifert 75%
Anthony Sertich 50%
Daniel Severson 75%
Dean Simpson 75%
Wesley Skoglund 22%
Nora Slawik 100%
Steve Smith 50%
Judy Soderstrom 75%
Loren Solberg 100%
Steven Sviggum 75%
Barbara Sykora 75%
Cy Thao 75%
Kathy Tingelstad 100%
Ray Vandeveer 75%
James Vickerman 33%
Neva Walker 75%
Lynn Wardlow 75%
Andy Welti 75%
Betsy Wergin 89%
Andrew Westerberg 75%

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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