Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business - Minnesota

2003-2004 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House - 7 Michelle Fischbach Republican 100%
MN State House - 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
MN State House - 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 82%
MN State House - 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 100%
MN State House - 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 91%
MN State House - 28A Gene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN State House - 28B Greg Davids Republican 90%
MN State House - 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House - 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House - 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House - 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House - 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MN State House - 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State Senate - 3 Thomas Bakk Independent 36%
MN State Senate - 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State Senate - 6 Dave Tomassoni Independent 36%
MN State Senate - 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 100%
MN State Senate - 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 91%
MN State Senate - 23 Julie Rosen Republican 100%
MN State Senate - 25 David Senjem Republican 93%
MN State Senate - 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 90%
MN State Senate - 34 Warren Limmer Republican 100%
MN State Senate - 35 Jim Abeler II Republican 73%
MN State Senate - 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MN State Senate - 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate - 46 Ron Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State Senate - 61 D. Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate - 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State Senate - 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 22%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN Commissioner - 3 Michael Beard 91%
MN Commissioner - 4 Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MN Commissioner - 4 Tom Rukavina 36%
MN Commissioner - 6 Mary Holberg 91%
MN Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Paul Thissen Non-partisan 64%
Ron Abrams 55%
Ellen Anderson 31%
Irv Anderson 45%
Michele Bachmann 100%
William Belanger, Jr. 93%
Linda Berglin 27%
Donald Betzold 40%
Greg Blaine 91%
Francis Bradley 100%
Laura Brod 90%
Mark Buesgens 100%
Lyndon Carlson, Sr. 45%
Satveer Chaudhary 33%
Karen Clark 25%
Richard Cohen 29%
Tony Cornish 91%
Ray Cox 91%
Richard Day 100%
Chris DeLaForest 100%
Randy Demmer 100%
Jerry Dempsey 90%
David Dill 56%
Stephen Dille 92%
Dan Dorman 82%
John Dorn 45%
Robert Eastlund 100%
Matt Entenza 44%
Ron Erhardt 82%
Brad Finstad 90%
Leo Foley 40%
Dennis Frederickson 93%
David Gaither 100%
Barbara Goodwin 30%
Mindy Greiling 40%
Bob Gunther 90%
Tom Hackbarth 100%
David Hann 100%
Bud Heidgerken 100%
Linda Higgins 40%
Debra Hilstrom 45%
Bill Hilty 45%
Joe Hoppe 100%
John Hottinger 36%
Larry Howes 82%
Thomas Huntley 45%
Mike Jaros 45%
Dean Elton Johnson 62%
Debbie Johnson 100%
Jeff Johnson 100%
Sheldon Johnson 44%
Al Juhnke 55%
Michael Jungbauer 100%
Phyllis Kahn 20%
Steve Kelley 36%
Margaret Kelliher 45%
Bob Kierlin 93%
Dave Kleis 100%
Karen Klinzing 100%
Jim Knoblach 100%
Lyle Koenen 55%
Paul Koering 92%
Paul Kohls 100%
Philip Krinkie 100%
Gary Kubly 47%
State Office Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House - 7 Michelle Fischbach R 100%
MN State House - 3B Mary Murphy DFL 70%
MN State House - 4B Paul Marquart DFL 82%
MN State House - 15A Sondra Erickson R 100%
MN State House - 18A Dean Urdahl R 91%
MN State House - 28A Gene Pelowski, Jr. DFL 64%
MN State House - 28B Greg Davids R 90%
MN State House - 40A Michael Nelson DFL 45%
MN State House - 41A Connie Bernardy DFL 45%
MN State House - 61A Frank Hornstein DFL 36%
MN State House - 63A Jim Davnie DFL 36%
MN State House - 65B Carlos Mariani DFL 44%
MN State House - 66A Alice Hausman DFL 27%
MN State Senate - 3 Thomas Bakk I 36%
MN State Senate - 4 Kent Eken DFL 50%
MN State Senate - 6 Dave Tomassoni I 36%
MN State Senate - 10 Carrie Ruud R 100%
MN State Senate - 12 Torrey Westrom R 91%
MN State Senate - 23 Julie Rosen R 100%
MN State Senate - 25 David Senjem R 93%
MN State Senate - 29 Bruce Anderson R 90%
MN State Senate - 34 Warren Limmer R 100%
MN State Senate - 35 Jim Abeler II R 73%
MN State Senate - 43 Charles Wiger DFL 53%
MN State Senate - 45 Ann Rest DFL 33%
MN State Senate - 46 Ron Latz DFL 40%
MN State Senate - 61 D. Dibble DFL 33%
MN State Senate - 65 Sandra Pappas DFL 40%
MN State Senate - 66 John Marty DFL 29%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison DFL 22%
MN Secretary of State Steve Simon DFL 64%
MN Commissioner - 3 Michael Beard 91%
MN Commissioner - 4 Joseph Atkins DFL 55%
MN Commissioner - 4 Tom Rukavina 36%
MN Commissioner - 6 Mary Holberg 91%
MN Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Paul Thissen Other 64%
Ron Abrams 55%
Ellen Anderson 31%
Irv Anderson 45%
Michele Bachmann 100%
William Belanger, Jr. 93%
Linda Berglin 27%
Donald Betzold 40%
Greg Blaine 91%
Francis Bradley 100%
Laura Brod 90%
Mark Buesgens 100%
Lyndon Carlson, Sr. 45%
Satveer Chaudhary 33%
Karen Clark 25%
Richard Cohen 29%
Tony Cornish 91%
Ray Cox 91%
Richard Day 100%
Chris DeLaForest 100%
Randy Demmer 100%
Jerry Dempsey 90%
David Dill 56%
Stephen Dille 92%
Dan Dorman 82%
John Dorn 45%
Robert Eastlund 100%
Matt Entenza 44%
Ron Erhardt 82%
Brad Finstad 90%
Leo Foley 40%
Dennis Frederickson 93%
David Gaither 100%
Barbara Goodwin 30%
Mindy Greiling 40%
Bob Gunther 90%
Tom Hackbarth 100%
David Hann 100%
Bud Heidgerken 100%
Linda Higgins 40%
Debra Hilstrom 45%
Bill Hilty 45%
Joe Hoppe 100%
John Hottinger 36%
Larry Howes 82%
Thomas Huntley 45%
Mike Jaros 45%
Dean Elton Johnson 62%
Debbie Johnson 100%
Jeff Johnson 100%
Sheldon Johnson 44%
Al Juhnke 55%
Michael Jungbauer 100%
Phyllis Kahn 20%
Steve Kelley 36%
Margaret Kelliher 45%
Bob Kierlin 93%
Dave Kleis 100%
Karen Klinzing 100%
Jim Knoblach 100%
Lyle Koenen 55%
Paul Koering 92%
Paul Kohls 100%
Philip Krinkie 100%
Gary Kubly 47%
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