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Connie Bernardy

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Connie Bernardy
Connie Bernardy.jpg
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 41A
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
Office website
Connie Bernardy is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 41A. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education Finance
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs
Transportation Finance, Vice-chair


Campaign themes


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

Our Schools

  • Excerpt: "Connie’s top priority is and has always been adequately funding K-12 education to prevent local school districts from further increases in class sizes and cuts to teachers and educational opportunities."

Our Community

  • Excerpt: "I am committed to making sure our communities continue to be great places to live, work and raise a family."

Our Jobs

  • Excerpt: "We must stand up against the anti-worker forces that are misleading Minnesotans with their anti-middle class, so-called 'right to work' amendment"

Our Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "Connie supported new laws to provide life sentences for serious sexual predators and increase sentences on those who manufacture or sell methamphetamine."

Our Seniors

  • Excerpt: "Connie works to build caring relationships between our children and our elders."



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. Incumbent Connie Bernardy was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jeff Phillips was unopposed in the Republican primary. Bernardy defeated Phillips in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 41A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Bernardy Incumbent 60.2% 8,265
     Republican Jeff Phillips 39.7% 5,451
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 23
Total Votes 13,739


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bernardy won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 41A. Bernardy ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Dale Helm (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 41A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Bernardy 61.8% 12,653
     Republican Dale Helm 38.2% 7,829
Total Votes 20,482

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bernardy is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Bernardy raised a total of $168,297 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 13, 2013.[7]

Connie Bernardy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 41A Won $28,724
2004 Minnesota House, District 51B Won $57,354
2002 Minnesota House, District 51B Won $41,803
2000 Minnesota House, District 48B Won $40,416
Grand Total Raised $168,297


Bernardy won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Bernardy raised a total of $28,724.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Connie Bernardy's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$5,584
Connie L. Bernardy Senate District 51 Committee$4,966
41st Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,500
Friends of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Women$500
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$500
Total Raised in 2012$28,724
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]


Bernardy received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 130th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Preceded by
Keith Downey (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 41A
Succeeded by