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Greg Clausen
Greg Clausen.jpg
Minnesota State Senate, District 57
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
Bachelor'sAugsburg College
Master'sUniversity of St. Thomas
Office website
Greg D. Clausen is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 57. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Clausen served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2015
Higher Education and Workforce Development
Education, Vice Chair


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education and Workforce Development, Vice chair


Campaign themes


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

Public Service, Leadership

  • Excerpt: "Greg has spent his entire life as an educator working to build a better tomorrow for future generations of Minnesotans. He will bring this same vision, public service, work ethic and leadership to the State Senate."


  • Excerpt: "Greg understands the need to support a strong economic infrastructure. Business incentives are needed that will keep jobs in Minnesota, provide training programs and hire veterans. Encouraging scientific innovation, research and development will evolve into new business opportunities that will create jobs for Minnesotans."


  • Excerpt: "We need to identify and set priorities on what are the values and initiatives which will move Minnesota forward. Equitable and fair solutions need to be found to reduce the tax burden on home and property owners."


  • Excerpt: "Education is a needed investment in Minnesota’s infrastructure if we are to compete in the global marketplace. Investing in Early Childhood Parenting Education, all-day/every-day kindergarten, lower class sizes and incentives to increase parent and community involvement are steps toward close the achievement gap."



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Clausen won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 57. He defeated Mike Germain in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Pat Hall (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 57, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Clausen 54.2% 23,890
     Republican Pat Hall 45.8% 20,199
Total Votes 44,089
Minnesota State Senate, District 57 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Clausen 78.7% 1,456
Mike Germain 21.3% 395
Total Votes 1,851

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Clausen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Clausen raised a total of $47,023 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[4]

Greg Clausen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 57 Won $47,023
Grand Total Raised $47,023


Clausen won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Clausen raised a total of $47,023.


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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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-life issues; committee, procedural and floor votes are counted.
  • Legislators are scored on seven business-related bills.
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
  • Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.


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 pro-life issues; committee, procedural and floor votes are counted.
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]


Clausen received a score of 8% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 36th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]


Clausen and his wife, Bobbie, have three children.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Katie Sieben (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 57
2013- present
Succeeded by