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Dan Hall
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Minnesota State Senate, District 56
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAugsburg College
ProfessionMinister/Founder, Midwest Chaplains
Office website
Campaign website
Dan D. Hall (b. April 16, 1952) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 56. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Hall attended Minneapolis Augsburg College. His professional experience includes founding and serving as CEO of Midwest Chaplains.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
State and Local Government


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


Campaign themes


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

Fiscal Policy

  • Excerpt: "A market driven system fosters competition, which ensures the availability of many goods and services at the best possible price."


  • Excerpt: "Everyone is asked to live within their means, government must do the same. We must ease the tax burden on all taxpaying citizens."


  • Excerpt: "Private industry is far more efficient and effective in use of money than the government. Money is best spent by the citizens who earned it. I believe that if government has less money, it becomes more efficient and cost-effective."


  • Excerpt: "We need a comprehensive restructuring of taxes, and required forms. Government agencies need to have a much friendlier attitude towards businesses with the goal of helping those businesses succeed, rather than driving them out of the state."

A Business Friendly Minnesota

  • Excerpt: "Small business is an integral part of Minnesota’s economic foundation. Small business is vital to our economic vitality. We must encourage entrepreneurship by allowing smaller businesses to thrive and compete."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dan Hall endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Hall won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 55. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Leon Thurman (D) in the general election on November 6.[3][4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Hall Incumbent 54% 22,226
     Democratic Leon Thurman 46% 18,922
Total Votes 41,148


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Hall had no opponent in the primary. He defeated incumbent John Doll (DFL) in the general election.[5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 40 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Hall (R) 14852 50.98%
John Doll (DFL) 14242 48.89%
Write-In 38 0.13%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hall is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hall raised a total of $90,136 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[6]

Dan Hall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 56 Won $37,516
2010 Minnesota State Senate, District 40 Won $52,620
Grand Total Raised $90,136


Hall won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hall raised a total of $37,516.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dan Hall's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,246
56th Senate District RPM$1,000
40th Senate District RPM$1,000
Todd Johnson House District 40A Committee$860
Krueger, Mark$500
Total Raised in 2012$37,516
Source:Follow the Money


Hall won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Hall raised a total of $52,620.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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.

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."[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]


Hall received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 20th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[12]


Hall received a score of 86% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 10th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[13]


Hall received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 30th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[14]


Hall and his wife, Valerie, have eight children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ted Lillie (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 56
2013- present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Doll (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 40
Succeeded by
Chris Eaton (DFL)