James Metzen

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James Metzen
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Minnesota State Senate, District 52
Incumbent
In office
1987 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 27
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
1973 - 1987
Education
Associate'sUniversity of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayOctober 26, 1943
Place of birthSouth St. Paul, Minnesota
ProfessionVice President, Key Community Bank
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James P. Metzen (b. October 26, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 1986. Metzen is a former President of the Senate.

Mentzen served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1973 to 1987.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment
Commerce, Chair
Rules and Administration

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Metzen won election in District 52 for the Minnesota State Senate. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Dwight Rabuse (R) in the general election on November 6.[1][2]

Minnesota State Senate, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Metzen Incumbent 62.1% 27,149
     Republican Dwight Rabuse 37.9% 16,542
Total Votes 43,691

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Metzen won re-election to the 39th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Robb Soleim ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 39 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Metzen (DFL) 18126 56.27%
Robb Soleim (R) 14048 43.61%
Write-In 39 0.12%

2006

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Metzen won re-election to the 39th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Bill Jungbauer (R).[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 39 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Metzen (DFL) 21,871 63.98%
Bill Jungbauer (R) 12,264 35.88%
Write-In 47 0.14%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Metzen is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Metzen raised a total of $379,237 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[4]

James Metzen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota Senate, District 52 Won $51,091
2010 Minnesota Senate, District 39 Won $49,415
2008 Minnesota Senate, District 39 Not up for election $14,785
2006 Minnesota Senate, District 39 Won $62,954
2004 Minnesota Senate, District 39 Not up for election $25,714
2002 Minnesota Senate, District 39 Won $71,564
2000 Minnesota Senate, District 39 Won $59,643
1996 Minnesota Senate, District 39 Won $44,071
Grand Total Raised $379,237

2012

Metzen won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Metzen raised a total of $51,091.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Metzen's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$11,616
52nd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New$4,850
39th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New$1,000
Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance$500
Minnesota Association of Realtors$500
Total Raised in 2012$51,091
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Metzen received $49,415 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Metzen's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$14,320
39th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$6,000
Flint Hills Resources$500
Multihousing PAC$500
Dorsey & Whitney$500
Total Raised in 2010 $49,415

2006

In 2006, Metzen collected $62,954 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $16,306
Senate District 39 DFL $1,000
39 Senate District DFL $913
Minnesota Manufactured Home PAC $500
Ron Jerich $500

Scorecards

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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."[7]
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."[8]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[9]
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."[10]
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."[11]

2013

Metzen received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 49th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[12]

2012

Metzen received a score of 29% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 43rd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[13]

2011

Metzen received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 63rd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[14]

Personal

Metzen and his wife, Sandie, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Vandeveer (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 52
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State Senate District 39
1987–2013
Succeeded by
Karin Housley (R)