|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19A|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||February 12, 2013|
|Minnesota State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Gustavius Adolphus College|
|Master's||Minnesota State University at Mankato|
|Profession||Professor of Political Science (Ret.)|
Quist was first elected to the House in 1982. He served four terms until 1989 when he was defeated for re-election by St. Peter School Board Chair and Gustavus Adolphus College Professor Don Ostrom.
Quist ran for election in the special election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 19A. The seat was vacant following Terry Morrow's (D) resignation in order to accept a job in Chicago as legislative director at the Uniform Law Commission. Morrow announced that he would be resigning his seat, which he won re-election to on November 6, 2012, on January 7, 2013. While two Republicans were running, Quist was chosen by a GOP convention and Jim Golgart suspended his campaign, leaving Quist without a primary opponent. Quist was defeated by Clark Johnson (D) in the special election on February 12.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19A, General Election, 2013|
Quist ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 1st District. He defeated State Sen. Mike Parry in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He was defeated by incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Walz in the November general election.
An October 2012 article in The Daily named Quist one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.
|U.S. House, Minnesota District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Tim Walz Incumbent||57.5%||193,211|
|Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
In the video below, Quist discusses the Federal Debt.
Allen Quist, "Lucia and the Federal Debt"
Quist was endorsed by Gun Owners of America for the 2012 election.
|United States House of Representatives, 2012 - Allen Quist Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$1,975,606|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$1,930,831|
|Top contributors to Allen Quist's campaign committee|
|Campaign for Working Families||$5,000|
|Davisco Foods International||$5,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$6,400|
Views on gays and women
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported in April 1994 that when Quist was a state Senator, he "alleged that Mankato State University was encouraging the spread of AIDS by sponsoring a counseling center for gays, comparing it to a center for the Ku Klux Klan." When asked about it at a town hall meeting in July, 2012, Quist said the story was "a total invention from some lefty that doesn't like me."
Quist also denied stories that during his time in the state legislature he went undercover at bath houses to expose incidents of gay sex, as well as a quote from 1994 where Quist said men had a "genetic predisposition" to lead families. When audio surfaced of an interview where he made controversial statements, Quist issued a letter to supporters apologizing for the KKK comparison and explained the gay sex sting as his duty as a legislator when there was a serious health risk.
Quist has ten children and many grandchildren with his wife, Julie.
- The Journal, "Mankato teacher, union leader to run for Morrow seat in House," December 27, 2012
- The Journal, "Clark Johnson, Jim Golgart enter 19A race," January 4, 2013
- St. Peter Herald, "Johnson wins House District 19A special primary election," January 29, 2013
- Politics in Minnesota, "Johnson, Theis win House special elections," February 13, 2013
- minnesotaelectionresults.sos.state.mn.us, "Official special election results," accessed November 15, 2013
- ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
- CBS Minnesota, "2012 Primary Results" August 14, 2012
- The Daily, "The worst candidates of 2012," accessed October 29, 2012
- Allen Quist, "Videos," accessed: October 9, 2012
- YouTube channel
- Allen Quist, "Press Releases," accessed: October 9, 2012
- Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
- Mother Jones, "GOP Candidate Comes Clean on Gay Bookstore Sting," July 27, 2012
- Minnesota Post, "Audio: Allen Quist's 'genetic predisposition' interview from 1994," July 26, 2012
- Official Campaign Site, "About Allen Quist" accessed February 7, 2012
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