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Ben Lien
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A
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
High schoolMoorhead High School
Bachelor'sMinnesota State University Moorhead
ProfessionEmployee, The Village Family Service Center
Office website
Ben Lien is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 4A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


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

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."

Property Taxes

  • 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."

Flood Control

  • 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."

Public Education

  • 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"



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 Ben Lien was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Brian Gramer was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lien defeated Gramer in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Lien Incumbent 58.3% 6,713
     Republican Brian Gramer 41.5% 4,772
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 21
Total Votes 11,506


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Lien 54.9% 10,011
     Republican Travis Reimche 45.1% 8,218
Total Votes 18,229
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Lien 74.3% 853
Sue Wiger 25.7% 295
Total Votes 1,148

Campaign donors

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.[7]

Ben Lien's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 4A Won $22,048
Grand Total Raised $22,048


Lien 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
Public Fund$4,092
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


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]


Lien received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 103rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Persell (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 4A
Succeeded by