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Erik Simonson

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Erik Simonson
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 7B
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Erik Simonson is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 7B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries
Public Safety Finance and Policy
Transportation Policy



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Erik Simonson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Travis Silvers defeated Carla Bayerl in the Republican primary. Simonson defeated Silvers in the general election.[1][2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 7B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngErik Simonson Incumbent 71% 9,435
     Republican Travis Silvers 28.6% 3,803
     Write-in Write-in 0.3% 42
Total Votes 13,280
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 7B Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTravis Silvers 57.4% 371
Carla Bayerl 42.6% 275
Total Votes 646


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Simonson was selected to replace former candidate Kerry Gauthier after his name was removed from the ballot by the Minnesota Supreme Court. He defeated Travis Silvers (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 7B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngErik Simonson 74.1% 12,450
     Republican Travis Silvers 25.9% 4,345
Total Votes 16,795

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Simonson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Simonson raised a total of $22,342 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 29, 2013.[5]

Erik Simonson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 7B Won $22,342
Grand Total Raised $22,342


Simonson won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Simonson raised a total of $22,342.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Erik Simonson's campaign in 2012
7th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,000
International Association Of Fire Fighters$500
IBEW Local #31 Volunteer Cope Fund$500
Firefighters Association Of Minneapolis Political Fund$500
AFSCME Minnesota Council 5$500
Total Raised in 2012$22,342
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."[6]
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."[7]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[8]
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."[9]
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."[10]


Simonson received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 80th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kerry Gauthier (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 7B
Succeeded by