Dean Urdahl

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Dean Urdahl
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 18A
Incumbent
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSaint Cloud State University
Personal
BirthdayAugust 18, 1949
Place of birthMinnesota
ProfessionTeacher (retired)
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Dean Urdahl (b. August 18, 1949) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 18A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Urdahl's professional experience includes working as a middle school history teacher and coach.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment
Education Policy
Elections
Legacy

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Steven Schiroo was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Dean Urdahl was unopposed in the Republican primary.[2][3]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Urdahl won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 18A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Nancy Larson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 18A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Urdahl Incumbent 58.4% 11,744
     Democratic Nancy Larson 41.6% 8,372
Total Votes 20,116

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Urdahl won re-election to the District 18B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Darrin Anderson (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 18B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Darrin Anderson (DFL) 5,545 35.47%
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Urdahl (R) 10,062 64.36%
Write-In 27 0.17%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Urdahl won election to the District 18B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating David Detert. [7]

Urdahl raised $40,410 for his campaign.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 18B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Urdahl (R) 11813 58.65%
David Detert (DFL) 8296 41.19%
Write-In 31 0.15%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Urdahl is available dating back to . Based on available campaign finance records, Urdahl raised a total of $209,109 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[9]

Dean Urdahl's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 18A Won $26,993
2010 Minnesota State House, District 18B Won $29,410
2008 Minnesota State House, District 18B Won $40,410
2006 Minnesota State House, District 18B Won $39,969
2004 Minnesota State House, District 18B Won $44,588
2002 Minnesota State House, District 18B Won $27,739
Grand Total Raised $209,109

2012

Urdahl won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Urdahl raised a total of $26,993.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dean Urdahl's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$2,828
Mah Mah Wi No Min$500
Faegre & Benson$500
Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance$500
Bacon, Mary M.$500
Total Raised in 2012$26,993
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Urdahl won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Urdahl raised a total of $29,410.

2008

Urdahl won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Urdahl raised a total of $40,410.

2006

Urdahl won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Urdahl raised a total of $40,410.

2004

Urdahl won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Urdahl raised a total of $44,588.

2002

Urdahl won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Urdahl raised a total of $27,739.

Scorecards

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

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2014

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."[10]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

2013

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."[11]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[12]
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."[13]
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."[14]

2013

Urdahl received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 39th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[15]

2012

Urdahl received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 51st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2011

Urdahl received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 22nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Shimanski (R)
Minnesota State House District 18A
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 18B
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Glenn Gruenhagen (R)