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David Osmek
David Osmek.jpg
Minnesota State Senate, District 33
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mound City Council
Bachelor'sSt. Cloud State University
Place of birthGlencoe, Minnesota
ProfessionProject Manager, United HealthGroup
Office website
David J. Osmek is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Energy
Transportation and Public Safety


Campaign themes


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

It's about the spending

  • Excerpt: "Creating inventive ways to fund itself is not a problem for State Government. We have the money. The problem is HOW MUCH we SPEND, and HOW we spend it."

Transportation needs real solutions… not 19th century ones

  • Excerpt: "Investing in roads and bridges, not light rail, brings immediate benefits."

Education: Less micro-management and more local control

  • Excerpt: "Even with our limited resources, we demand a world-class education for our children. We can do better with what we have if we are smarter in our approach to education."

We do need government … but smaller is better

  • Excerpt: "We do need a government to handle public safety, courts, snow plowing roads, and many other tasks that do make sense for government to do. The problem is that we could do just as well with a much SMALLER level of government, both in terms of its size and intrusiveness into our lives."



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Osmek won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 33. He defeated Connie Doepke in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Judy Rogosheske (D) in the general election on November 6.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Osmek 59.1% 28,195
     Democratic Judy Rogosheske 40.9% 19,547
Total Votes 47,742
Minnesota State Senate, District 33 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Osmek 50.9% 2,885
Connie Doepke 49.1% 2,778
Total Votes 5,663

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Osmek is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Osmek raised a total of $26,834 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[4]

David Osmek's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 33 Won $26,834
Grand Total Raised $26,834


Osmek won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Osmek raised a total of $33,831.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Osmek's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$9,845
Osmek, David$5,000
33rd Senate District RPM$3,000
Cummins, Joan$500
Christians, Bob$500
Total Raised in 2012$33,831
Source:Follow the Money


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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."[5]
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."[6]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[7]
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."[8]
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."[9]


Osmek received a score of 100% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 2nd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gen Olson (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 33
Succeeded by