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Eric Pratt

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Eric Pratt
Eric Pratt.jpg
Minnesota State Senate, District 55
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
Office website
Eric R. Pratt is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 55. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education and Workforce Development
Transportation and Public Safety


Campaign themes


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

Business Climate

  • Excerpt: "We need to realize that we compete in a global economy and with neighboring states. Reducing the cost of doing business and investing in infrastructure will attract business investment and create good-paying, stable jobs."

Role of Government

  • Excerpt: "Local government is the best able to meet the unique needs of its community. Cities, counties and school boards have been unfairly burdened by mandates with a “one size fits all” mentality coming from St. Paul."

Personal Taxes

  • Excerpt: "I believe Minnesota should flatten the tax code and expand the tax base. Our current system, especially sales taxes, are regressive and hitting the lowest income families the hardest."


  • Excerpt: "I am pro-life."

Voter ID

  • Excerpt: "The credibility of our election system relies on assuring we have credible votes and voters. As the only candidate with real world identity theft protection experience, I stand ready to defend the integrity of elections"



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Pratt won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 55. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Kathy Busch (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Pratt 55.2% 22,254
     Democratic Kathy Busch 44.8% 18,070
Total Votes 40,324

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pratt is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pratt raised a total of $27,369 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[4]

Eric Pratt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 55 Won $27,369
Grand Total Raised $27,369


Pratt won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pratt raised a total of $27,369.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Eric Pratt's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$6,912
Pratt, Eric$3,500
Pratt, Eric House Dist 55B Committee$990
Scott, County RPM$900
Mohpa PAC$500
Total Raised in 2012$27,369
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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]


Pratt received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 17th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Wiger (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 55
2013- present
Succeeded by