Jason Isaacson

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Jason Isaacson
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 42B
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 2
Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
2013 - 2014
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
Jason Isaacson is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 42B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Isaacson served as an Assistant Majority Leader.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education Policy
Environment and Natural Resources Policy
Housing Finance and Policy
Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "I view public education as the most important line of defense for the middle class. It is the most important tool we have to battle poverty."

Marriage Amendment

  • Excerpt: "In my opinion, this amendment is a violation of our inherent right to pursue happiness."


  • Excerpt: "I oppose right to work on several principles."

Voter ID

  • Excerpt: "There is simply no evidence of voter fraud that would warrant this kind of legislation. Additionally, upon careful examination of the proponents of this legislation, it is clear that the real purpose is voter suppression."



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 Jason Isaacson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Heidi Gunderson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Isaacson defeated Gunderson in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 42B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Isaacson Incumbent 52.3% 8,814
     Republican Heidi Gunderson 47.5% 8,014
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 26
Total Votes 16,854


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Isaacson won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 42B. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and deafeated Ken Rubenzer (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 42B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Isaacson 57.7% 12,884
     Republican Ken Rubenzer 42.3% 9,462
Total Votes 22,346

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Isaacson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Isaacson raised a total of $35,958 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 13, 2013.[6]

Jason Isaacson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 42B Won $25,986
2002 Minnesota House, District 37B Defeated $9,972
Grand Total Raised $35,958


Isaacson won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Isaacson raised a total of $25,986.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jason Isaacson's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,376
Paul Gardner for the MN House$2,950
Senate District 42$1,850
Hutchinson, Peter$500
LDC Political Fund - #40712 Laborers District Council of MN & ND$500
Total Raised in 2012$25,986
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."[7]
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."[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]


Isaacson received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 110th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jenifer Loon (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 42B
Succeeded by