Ben Lien

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Ben Lien
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A
Incumbent
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolMoorhead High School
Bachelor'sMinnesota State University Moorhead
Personal
ProfessionEmployee, The Village Family Service Center
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
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

2013-2014

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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"

Elections

2012

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.[2][3]

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.[4]

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

2012

Lien won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lien raised a total of $22,048.

Scorecards

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."[5]

2013

Lien received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 103rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Persell (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 4A
2013–present
Succeeded by
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