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Chris Swedzinski

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Chris Swedzinski
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 16A
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMinnesota State University
Personal
BirthdayMay 10, 1978
ProfessionFarmer/Welder
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Chris Swedzinski (b. May 10, 1978) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 16A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Swedzinski earned his B.S. in History and Political Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His professional experience includes working as a farmer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

  • 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

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Swedzinski won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 15B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Al Kruse (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Swedinski Incumbent 56.8% 10,991
     Democratic Al Kruse 43.2% 8,363
Total Votes 19,354

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Swedzinski won election to the District 21A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Ramona Larson (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 21A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Ramona Larson (DFL) 4,721 36.39%
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Swedzinski (R) 8.245 63.55%
Write-In 9 0.07%

Campaign donors

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.[5]

Chris Swedzinksi's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 16A Won $36,171
2010 Minnesota State House, District 21A Won $31,010
Grand Total Raised $67,181

2012

Swedzinski won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Swedzinski raised a total of $36,171.

2010

Swedzinski won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Swedzinski raised a total of $31,010.

Scorecards

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."[6]

2013

Swedzinski received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 11th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [7]

2012

Swedzinski received a score of 57% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 40th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [8]

2011

Swedzinski received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 24th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [9]

Personal

Swedzinski and his wife, Jessica, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sondra Erickson (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 16A
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Marty Seifert (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 21A
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Tim Kelly (R)