Barb Yarusso

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Barb Yarusso
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 42A
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Barb Yarusso is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 42A. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Yarusso served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environment and Natural Resources Policy


Campaign themes


Yarusso's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs & the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Working with employers and universities to create new, innovative jobs"


  • Excerpt: "I am in favor of a single-payer, comprehensive health plan for all Minnesotans."


  • Excerpt: "The legislature has an obligation to fund public schools. Deferring payments to school districts has forced some to borrow money, in effect shifting part of the cost of the state's deficit to local school districts."

Human Rights

  • Excerpt: "A respect for human rights is one of the most fundamental principles of our nation. We should always keep this as one of our highest priorities."



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Barb Yarusso was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Randy Jessup was unopposed in the Republican primary. Yarusso defeated Jessup in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 42A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarb Yarusso Incumbent 50.6% 8,766
     Republican Randy Jessup 49.3% 8,546
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 28
Total Votes 17,340


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Yarusso won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 42A. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Russ Bertsch (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 42A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarb Yarusso 53.4% 12,122
     Republican Russ Bertsch 46.6% 10,591
Total Votes 22,713

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yarusso is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Yarusso raised a total of $36,307 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[7]

Barb Yarusso's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 42A Won $36,307
Grand Total Raised $36,307


Yarusso won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Yarusso raised a total of $36,307.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Barb Yarusso's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,053
42nd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$5,000
Yarusso, Barbara (Barb) J.$1,000
Project 515$500
Minnesota Electrical Workers State Council$500
Total Raised in 2012$36,307
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.

Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."[8]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.


In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.

Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."[9]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[10]
Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."[11]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[12]


Yarusso received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 72nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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