|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A|
|January 8, 2013 - present|
|January 2, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|High school||Moorhead High School|
|Bachelor's||Minnesota State University Moorhead|
|Profession||Employee, The Village Family Service Center|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lien served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Higher Education Finance and Policy|
|• Judiciary Finance and Policy|
Lien's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Local Government Aid
- Excerpt: "I will fight to ensure Local Government Aid funding keeps pace with the growth of Moorhead and Oakport Township. These dollars are critical for public safety and infrastructure maintenance."
- Excerpt: "We need a property tax system that does not put an unfair burden on any homeowner. Replacing the Homestead Market Value Credit with the Homestead Market Value Exclusion was a step in the wrong direction."
Enterprise Development Zones
- Excerpt: "This program delivers valuable funding for our local businesses and keeps them competitive with businesses in North Dakota and South Dakota. Everyone can agree that local businesses are an integral part of any community."
- Excerpt: "Both Moorhead and Oakport Township have a few final pieces of work to accomplish total flood control. I will fight to shore up funding for these projects through bonding bills, state grants and other sources."
- Excerpt: "Public education has long been a source of pride for Minnesota. However, public education has recently fallen from the list of priorities for our state. It has even been used as a source of funding for other purposes"
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 Ben Lien was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Brian Gramer was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lien defeated Gramer in the general election.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Ben Lien Incumbent||58.3%||6,713|
Lien won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 4A. He defeated Sue Wiger in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Travis Reimche (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A, General Election, 2012|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A Democratic Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Lien is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Lien raised a total of $22,048 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.
|Ben Lien's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota House, District 4A||$22,048|
|Grand Total Raised||$22,048|
2012Lien won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lien raised a total of $22,048.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ben Lien's campaign in 2012|
|Clay County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party||$1,100|
|Greg Lemke House District 9A Committee||$600|
|IFO PAC Fund||$500|
|AFSCME Minnesota Council 5||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$22,048|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- 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."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
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- "lienforhouse," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 general election results," accessed November 5, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Lien, Ben," accessed December 12, 2013
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
John Persell (DFL)
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