Chris Eaton

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Chris Eaton
Minnesota State Senate, District 40
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedOctober 18, 2011
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAnoka-Ramsey Community College
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
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Campaign website
Chris A. Eaton is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 40. She was first elected to the chamber in the October 18, 2011 special election for District 46, which was held to fill the vacancy created when Linda Scheid (D) passed away in June of that year after a battle with cancer.[1][2]

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Energy
Health, Human Services and Housing
State and Local Government, Vice-chair



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Eaton won election in District 40 in 2012 due to redistricting. She defeated Timothy A. Davis, Sr. in the August 14 primary and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 40 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Eaton Incumbent 81% 2,005
Timothy A. Davis, Sr. 19% 470
Total Votes 2,475

2011 special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Eaton defeated Cory Jensen (R) and Tom Reynolds (I) in the October 18 special election, winning by a 3,374-1,782-292 margin.[5]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Eaton is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Eaton raised a total of $88,328 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[6]

Chris Eaton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 40 Won $29,232
2011 Minnesota State Senate, District 46 Won $59,096
Grand Total Raised $88,328


Eaton won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Eaton raised a total of $29,232.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris Eaton's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$10,642
46th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,000
40th Senate District DFL New$1,000
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$500
Total Raised in 2012$29,232
Source:Follow the Money

2011 special election

Eaton won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Eaton raised a total of $59,096.


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."[7]
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."[8]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[9]
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."[10]
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."[11]


Eaton received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 60th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[12]


Eaton received a score of 29% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 47th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Hall (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 40
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Linda Scheid
Minnesota State Senate District 46
Succeeded by
Ron Latz (DFL)