Charles Wiger

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Charles Wiger
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Minnesota State Senate, District 43
Incumbent
In office
1997 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2011
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHamline University
J.D.Hamline University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 14, 1951
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Charles W. Wiger (b. September 14, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Wiger has been the President of the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board.

Biography

Wiger earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Hamline University in 1974 and 1977, respectively. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Finance
Transportation and Public Safety

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Wiger won election in District 43 in 2012 due to redistricting. He was unopposed in the August 14 Democratic primary and defeated Duane E. (Swede) Johnson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Minnesota State Senate, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Wiger Incumbent 62.4% 26,767
     Republican Duane "Swede" Johnson 37.6% 16,137
Total Votes 42,904

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Wiger won re-election to the 55th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Tami Ekstrand ran for the seat on the Republican ticket and Mark Jenkins ran for the Independence Party. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 55 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Wiger (DFL) 15082 52.87%
Tami Ekstrand (R) 11373 39.86%
Mark Jenkins (I) 2053 7.20%
Write-In 21 0.07%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Wiger won re-election to the 55th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Pete Fehlen (R).[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 55 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Wiger (DFL) 20,972 66.93%
Pete Fehlen (R) 10,319 32.93%
Write-In 45 0.14%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wiger is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Wiger raised a total of $358,141 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[4]

Charles Wiger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 43 Won $40,209
2010 Minnesota State Senate, District 55 Won $49,165
2008 Minnesota State Senate, District 55 Not up for election $23,278
2006 Minnesota State Senate, District 55 Won $55,467
2004 Minnesota State Senate, District 55 Not up for election $20,659
2002 Minnesota State Senate, District 55 Won $49,342
2000 Minnesota State Senate, District 55 Won $74,332
1996 Minnesota State Senate, District 55 Won $45,689
Grand Total Raised $358,141

2012

Wiger won re-election to the Minnesota in 2012. During that election cycle, Wiger raised a total of $40,209.
Minnesota 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Charles Wiger's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$12,209
43rd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,000
55th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,000
Inter Faculty Organization$500
Electrical Workers Local 110$500
Total Raised in 2012$40,209
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Wiger won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Wiger raised a total of $49,165.

2008

Wiger was not up for election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Wiger raised a total of $23,278.

2006

Wiger won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Wiger raised a total of $55,467.

2004

Wiger was not up for election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Wiger raised a total of $20,659.

2002

Wiger won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Wiger raised a total of $49,342.

2000

Wiger won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Wiger raised a total of $74,332.

1996

Wiger won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Wiger raised a total of $45,689.

Scorecards

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

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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."[5]
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."[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]

2013

Wiger received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 38th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

2012

Wiger received a score of 9% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 52nd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[11]

2011

Wiger received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 58th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[12]

Personal

Wiger and his wife, Chris, have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Terri Bonoff (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 43
2005–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State Senate District 55
1997–2013
Succeeded by
Eric Pratt (R)