Carolyn Laine

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Carolyn Laine
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 41B
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Master'sSaint Mary's University
Personal
ProfessionEducator
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Carolyn Laine is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 41B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Laine earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and M.A. in Psychology from Saint Mary's University. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools and as Financial Director of the Novalis Institute.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy, Vice-chair
Elections
Health and Human Services Finance
Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Laine served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Laine served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Laine's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Jobs were priority #1 this session. I supported a jobs-focused capital investment bill to create over 10,000 jobs throughout the state. In addition, I supported common sense tax reforms designed to support small businesses and spark investment in high-tech start-ups."

Budget

  • Excerpt: "I will continue to work for a balanced approach to our budget shortfall. We need to make cuts, raise revenue, and stimulate jobs."

Education

  • Excerpt: "I am a strong advocate for improving Minnesota’s schools. I have worked hard to improve early childhood programs and increase accountability."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "I continue to fight for affordable, universal and quality health care for all Minnesotans."

Families

  • Excerpt: "I have authored and supported legislation that helps Minnesota families. I helped expand childbirth options with the licensing of birth centers and by providing women the choice of having the support of a certified doula."

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Carolyn Laine was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Camden Pike was unopposed in the Republican primary. Tim Utz is running as a Constitution Party candidate. Laine faces Pike and Utz in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Laine won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 41B. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Laura Palmer (R) and Timothy Utz (Constitution) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 41B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Laine Incumbent 58.6% 11,943
     Republican Laura Palmer 27.8% 5,669
     Constitution Timothy Utz 13.6% 2,775
Total Votes 20,387

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Laine won re-election to the District 50A Seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Timothy Utz (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 50A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carolyn Laine (DFL) 7,674 59.68%
Timothy Utz (R) 5,164 40.16%
Write-In 20 0.16%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Carolyn Laine won election to the District 50A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Timothy Utz. [8]

Carolyn Laine raised $28,635 for her campaign.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 50A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carolyn Laine (DFL) 11,318 62.78%
Timothy Utz (R) 6,652 36.90%
Write-In 57 0.32%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Laine is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Laine raised a total of $100,241 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 13, 2013.[10]

Carolyn Laine's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 41B Won $21,610
2010 Minnesota House, District 50A Won $23,819
2008 Minnesota House, District 50A Won $28,635
2006 Minnesota House, District 50A Won $26,177
Grand Total Raised $100,241

2012

Laine won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Laine raised a total of $21,610.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carolyn Laine's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$6,248
41st Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,000
50th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,000
Womenwinning$500
Friends of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Women$500
Total Raised in 2012$21,610
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Laine received $23,819 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[11]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carolyn Laine's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$5,886
50th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,192
Friends Of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Women$500
Womenwinning$500
Minnesota Dental Association$300
Total Raised in 2010 $23,819

2008

Listed below are the two largest contributors to Carolyn Laine's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $6,530
50th Senate District Democrat-Farmer-Labor $5,000

Scorecards

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2014

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."[12]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

2013

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."[13]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[14]
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."[15]
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."[16]

2013

Laine received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 106th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2012

Laine received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 65th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[18]

2011

Laine received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 124th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [19]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Laine
  2. "carolynlaine," Official Campaign Website
  3. Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
  4. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
  5. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  9. Follow the Money's report on Laine's 2008 campaign contributions
  10. Follow the Money, "Laine, Carolyn," accessed December 13, 2013
  11. Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
  12. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  13. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  14. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  15. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  16. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Mazorol (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 41B
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 50A
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Linda Slocum (DFL)