|Minnesota House of Representatives District 16A|
|2011 - present|
|January 2, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives|
|2015 - present|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Minnesota State University|
|Date of birth||May 10, 1978|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Swedzinski earned his B.S. in History and Political Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His professional experience includes working as a farmer.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Swedzinski served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Capital Investment|
|• Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy|
|• Higher Education Finance and Policy|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Swedzinski served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Rural Development|
|• Capital Investment|
|• Jobs and Economic Development Finance|
Swedzinski's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "Minnesota is currently ranked the 4th worst state in terms of taxation. Because of this, we are losing jobs. Businesses, farms and families cannot survive, let alone thrive."
- Excerpt: "Reducing the number of government jobs and government regulation will revive the private sector by creating job opportunities that do not depend on government funding. It is estimated that for every dollar taken for taxes, three dollars is lost in economic growth in the private sector."
- Excerpt: "I believe that you know best how to spend your hard-earned dollars. Whether to save or spend should be your choice. You should have the opportunity to attend the school of your choice, select your own doctor, and run your farm or business without government interference."
Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Laurie Driessen was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Chris Swedzinski was unopposed in the Republican primary. Swedzinski defeated Driessen in the general election.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16A General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Chris Swedzinski Incumbent||61.7%||8,642|
Swedzinski won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 16A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Al Kruse (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16A, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Chris Swedinski Incumbent||56.8%||10,991|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 21A (2010)|
|Ramona Larson (DFL)||4,721||36.39%|
|Chris Swedzinski (R)||8.245||63.55%|
Comprehensive donor information for Swedzinski is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Swedzinski raised a total of $67,181 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.
|Chris Swedzinksi's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota State House, District 16A||$36,171|
|2010||Minnesota State House, District 21A||$31,010|
|Grand Total Raised||$67,181|
2012Swedzinski won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Swedzinski raised a total of $36,171.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chris Swedzinski's campaign in 2012|
|Lac Qui Parle County RPM||$1,750|
|Lyon County RPM||$1,000|
|Republican Party of Lyon County||$600|
|Mark A. Murdock House District 10B Committee||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$36,171|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Swedzinski won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Swedzinski raised a total of $31,010.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chris Swedzinski's campaign in 2010|
|Redwood County RPM||$2,500|
|Lyon County RPM||$1,406|
|Minnesota Trucking Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$31,010|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- 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."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- 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."
Swedzinski and his wife, Jessica, have two children.
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- Office website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Campaign Facebook page
- "chrisswede," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 general election results," accessed November 5, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Swedzinski, Chris." Retrieved July 10, 2013
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Sondra Erickson (R)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 16A
| Succeeded by|
Marty Seifert (R)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 21A
| Succeeded by|
Tim Kelly (R)
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