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Debra Hilstrom
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 40B
Incumbent
In office
2001 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Member, Brooklyn Center City Council
1995 – 2000
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
J.D.William Mitchell College of Law
Personal
BirthdayJune 21, 1968
Place of birthBrooklyn Center, Minnesota
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Debra Hilstrom (b. June 21, 1968) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 40B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2000. Hilstrom is a former State House Deputy Minority Leader.

Hilstrom served on the Brooklyn Center City Council from 1995 to 2000.

Biography

Hilstrom's professional experience includes working as the owner and operator of a small business.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy
Judiciary Finance and Policy, Chair
Public Safety Finance and Policy
Rules and Legislative Administration
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hilstrom served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Hilstrom's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs - Jobs - Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Hard-working Minnesotans deserve good-paying jobs."

Quality Schools

  • Excerpt: "Every Minnesota student deserves equal access to quality educational opportunities."

Safe Neighborhoods

  • Excerpt: "We must ensure that local governments are given the tools to ensure that enough cops and firefighters are on the streets to keep us safe."

Roads and Transit

  • Excerpt: "Development of the Bottineau Light Rail Line running along Highway 81 from Minneapolis through Brooklyn Park to Rogers will spur job growth and alleviate road congestion in our community."

Clean Air and Water

  • Excerpt: "We can ensure clean air and water for future generations by holding polluters accountable."

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. Incumbent Debra Hilstrom was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mali Marvin was unopposed in the Republican primary.[3][4]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hilstrom won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 40B. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Richard Cushing (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 40B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Hilstrom Incumbent 71.4% 12,024
     Republican Richard Cushing 28.6% 4,810
Total Votes 16,834

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hilstrom won re-election to the District 46B seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Tim Olson (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 46B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Debra Hilstrom (DFL) 6,289 60.27%
Tim Olson (R) 4,130 39.58%
Write-In 15 0.14%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Debra Hilstrom won election to the District 46B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Tim Olson and Allan Hancock. [8]

Debra Hilstrom raised $30,482 for her campaign.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 46B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Debra Hilstrom (DFL) 10,189 63.99%
Tim Olson (R) 4,726 29.68%
Allan Hancock (G) 975 6.12%
Write-In 34 0.21%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hilstrom is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Hilstrom raised a total of $175,416 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[10]

Debra Hilstrom's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 40B Won $20,520
2010 Minnesota State House, District 46B Won $28,048
2008 Minnesota State House, District 46B Won $30,482
2006 Minnesota State House, District 46B Won $24,543
2004 Minnesota State House, District 46B Won $27,621
2002 Minnesota State House, District 46B Won $23,114
2000 Minnesota State House, District 47B Won $21,088
Grand Total Raised $175,416

2012

Hilstrom won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hilstrom raised a total of $20,520.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Debra Hilstrom's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$5,630
40th Senate District DFL New$1,000
Keller, Thomas A.$500
Goodman, John B.$500
Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis$500
Total Raised in 2012$20,520
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Hilstrom won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Hilstrom raised a total of $28,048.

2008

Hilstrom won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Hilstrom raised a total of $30,482.

2006

Hilstrom won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Hilstrom raised a total of $24,543.

2004

Hilstrom won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Hilstrom raised a total of $27,621.

2002

Hilstrom won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Hilstrom raised a total of $23,114.

2000

Hilstrom won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Hilstrom raised a total of $21,088.

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."[11]
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."[12]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[13]
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."[14]
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."[15]

2013

Hilstrom received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 114th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2012

Hilstrom received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 128th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2011

Hilstrom received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 128th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [18]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ann Lenczewski (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 40B
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 46B
2001–2013
Succeeded by
Steve Simon (DFL)