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Cindy Pugh

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Cindy Pugh
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 33B
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRetail Manager
Office website
Cindy Pugh is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 33B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Government Operations
Judiciary Finance and Policy


Campaign themes


On her website, Pugh listed lowering taxes, reduce government spending, limiting the size and scope of government, and passing voter I.D. laws as campaign themes.[1]



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. Paul Alegi was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Cindy Pugh was unopposed in the Republican primary. Pugh defeated Alegi in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 33B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Pugh Incumbent 61.2% 10,934
     Democratic Paul Alegi 38.7% 6,911
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 16
Total Votes 17,861


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pugh won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 33B. She defeated incumbent Steve Smith in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Denise Bader (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 33B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Pugh 54.4% 13,211
     Democratic Denise Bader 45.6% 11,053
Total Votes 24,264
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 33B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Pugh 70.3% 2,251
Steve Smith 29.7% 949
Total Votes 3,200

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pugh is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pugh raised a total of $29,096 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 13, 2013.[7]

Cindy Pugh's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 33B Won $29,096
Grand Total Raised $29,096


Pugh won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pugh raised a total of $29,096.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Cindy Pugh's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$4,748
33rd Senate District RPM$2,500
Leines, Christopher T.$500
Cummins, Robert$500
Total Raised in 2012$29,096
Source:Follow the Money


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."[8]
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."[9]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[10]
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."[11]
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."[12]


Pugh received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 15th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Preceded by
Connie Doepke (R)
Minnesota State House District 33B
Succeeded by