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Rating Group: Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection

2013-2014 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN State House 1A Dan Fabian Republican 0%
MN State House 1B Deb Kiel Republican 25%
MN State House 2B Steve Green Republican 0%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 4A Ben Lien Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 5A John Persell Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 25%
MN State House 8B Mary Franson Republican 25%
MN State House 9B Ron Kresha Republican 25%
MN State House 11A Mike Sundin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 12B Paul Anderson Republican 25%
MN State House 13B Tim O'Driscoll Republican 25%
MN State House 14A Tama Theis Republican 25%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 0%
MN State House 16A Chris Swedzinski Republican 25%
MN State House 16B Paul Torkelson Republican 25%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 25%
MN State House 18B Glenn Gruenhagen Republican 0%
MN State House 21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 0%
MN State House 22A Joe Schomacker Republican 25%
MN State House 22B Rod Hamilton Republican 25%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 25%
MN State House 24A John Petersburg Republican 25%
MN State House 25A Duane Quam Republican 0%
MN State House 26A Tina Liebling Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 27B Jeanne Poppe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 28A Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 25%
MN State House 29A Joe McDonald Republican 0%
MN State House 29B Marion O'Neill Republican 25%
MN State House 30A Nick Zerwas Republican 25%
MN State House 31A Kurt Daudt Republican 25%
MN State House 32A Brian Johnson Republican 25%
MN State House 33A Jerry Hertaus Republican 0%
MN State House 35B Peggy Scott Republican 25%
MN State House 36B Melissa Hortman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 38A Linda Runbeck Republican 25%
MN State House 39A Bob Dettmer Republican 25%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 43A Peter Fischer Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 43B Leon Lillie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 45B Mike Freiberg Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN State House 46A Ryan Winkler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 51A Sandra Masin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 51B Laurie Halverson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 52A Rick Hansen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 55B Tony Albright Republican 25%
MN State House 58B Patrick Garofalo Republican 0%
MN State House 59B Raymond Dehn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 60A Diane Loeffler Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 65A Rena Moran Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State Senate 7 Erik Simonson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State Senate 8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 0%
MN State Senate 9 Paul Gazelka Republican 0%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 0%
MN State Senate 13 Jeff Howe Republican 0%
MN State Senate 16 Gary Dahms Republican 0%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 0%
MN State Senate 22 Bill Weber Republican 0%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 0%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 20%
MN State Senate 26 Carla Nelson Republican 0%
MN State Senate 27 Dan Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State Senate 28 Jeremy Miller Republican 0%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 0%
MN State Senate 30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican 0%
MN State Senate 31 Michelle Benson Republican 20%
MN State Senate 33 David Osmek Republican 0%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 0%
MN State Senate 35 Jim Abeler II Republican 25%
MN State Senate 36 John Hoffman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 37 Jerry Newton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 38 Roger Chamberlain Republican 40%
MN State Senate 39 Karin Housley Republican 0%
MN State Senate 40 Chris Eaton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 41 Carolyn Laine Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN State Senate 42 Jason Isaacson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State Senate 49 Melisa Franzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 50 Melissa Wiklund Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 51 Jim Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 53 Susan Kent Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 55 Eric Pratt Republican 20%
MN State Senate 57 Greg Clausen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 60 Kari Dziedzic Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 63 Patricia Torres Ray Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State Senate 67 Foung Hawj Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MN Commissioner 3 Michael Beard 25%
MN Commissioner 6 Mary Holberg 25%
MN Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
Susan Allen 63%
Mark Anderson 0%
Sarah Anderson 25%
Tom Anzelc 50%
Joseph Atkins 50%
Bob Barrett 25%
John Benson 63%
Mike Benson 0%
David Bly 50%
Terri Bonoff 80%
Dave Brown 0%
Kathy Brynaert 50%
Karen Clark 63%
Tony Cornish 25%
Kevin Dahle 60%
Matt Dean 25%
David Dill 50%
Zach Dorholt 50%
Ron Erhardt 88%
Andrew Falk 50%
Tim Faust 25%
Michelle Fischbach 0%
David FitzSimmons 0%
Patti Fritz 50%
Barbara Goodwin 60%
Tom Hackbarth 25%
David Hancock 50%
David Hann 40%
Debra Hilstrom 50%
Joe Hoppe 25%
Thomas Huntley 63%
Vicki Jensen 20%
Alice Johnson 80%
Clark Johnson 25%
Sheldon Johnson 63%
Phyllis Kahn 50%
Tim Kelly 25%
Andrea Kieffer 25%
Lyle Koenen 0%
Ernie Leidiger 0%
Ann Lenczewski 63%
Kathy Lohmer 38%
Jenifer Loon 25%
Tony Lourey 0%
Tara Mack 25%
Jay McNamar 50%
Denny McNamara 25%
Carly Melin 25%
Jason Metsa 63%
Jim Metzen 40%
William Morgan 50%
Joe Mullery 75%
Erin Murphy 50%
Pam Myhra 25%
Jim Newberger 0%
Sean Nienow 20%
Kim Norton 50%
Julianne Ortman 0%
Michael Paymar 38%
John Pederson 0%
Joyce Peppin 25%
Branden Petersen 0%
Cindy Pugh 25%
Joe Radinovich 63%
Roger Reinert 60%
Paul Rosenthal 63%
Tim Sanders 25%
Shannon Savick 50%
Mary Sawatzky 50%
Tom Saxhaug 0%
Bev Scalze 60%
Matt Schmit 20%
Dan Schoen 50%
Yvonne Selcer 75%
Kathy Sheran 20%
Katie Sieben 60%
Rod Skoe 0%
Linda Slocum 50%
LeRoy Stumpf 0%
Dave Thompson 0%
Mark Uglem 38%
Joann Ward 63%
John Ward 63%
Anna Wills 25%
Kelby Woodard 0%
Barb Yarusso 50%
Kurt Zellers 25%

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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