Carrie Ruud

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Carrie Ruud
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Minnesota State Senate, District 10
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota State Senate, District 4
2003 - 2007
Office website
Campaign website
Carrie Ruud is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 10. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Ruud served in the Senate previously, representing District 4 from 2003 to 2007.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development


Campaign themes


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

  • Excerpt: "Incentivise new economic opportunity by lowering taxes on hardworking small businesses that create new jobs for Minnesota workers."
  • Excerpt: "Repeal the 30% Statewide Business Tax enabling local businesses to allocate more money to new job creation in Minnesota."
  • Excerpt: "Build a business friendly environment to make Minnesota more attractive to companies and industries to relocate to our communities."
  • Excerpt: "By creating a strong business climate, we will allow existing business to grow and expand here in Minnesota."
  • Excerpt: "As a small business owner I have learned to live within my means, to make difficult decisions, to be creative and innovative. We should ask nothing less from our government."



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Ruud won election for the 10th District Senate seat in 2012. She was unopposed in the August 14 primary and defeated Taylor Stevenson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarrie Ruud 54% 22,848
     Democratic Taylor Stevenson 46% 19,490
Total Votes 42,338

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ruud is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Ruud raised a total of $133,767 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[4]

Carrie Ruud's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 10 Won $34,270
2006 Minnesota State Senate, District 4 Defeated $45,696
2004 Minnesota State Senate, District 4 Not up for election $9,463
2002 Minnesota State Senate, District 4 Won $44,338
Grand Total Raised $133,767


Ruud won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ruud raised a total of $34,270.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carrie Ruud's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$6,315
Erickson, James C.$1,000
Aitkin County RPM$840
Hubbard, Stanley$500
Reger, Michael L.$500
Total Raised in 2012$34,270
Source:Follow the Money


Ruud lost the election for the Minnesota State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ruud raised a total of $45,696.


Ruud was not up for election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Ruud raised a total of $9,463.


Ruud won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Ruud raised a total of $44,338.


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

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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."[5]
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."[6]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[7]
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."[8]
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."[9]


Ruud received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 15th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gretchen Hoffman (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 10
Succeeded by