Jay McNamar

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Jay McNamar
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 12A
Former member
In office
January 8, 2013 - January 6, 2015
Jay McNamar is a former Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 12A from 2013 to 2015.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture Policy
Capital Investment
Judiciary Finance and Policy


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "It is important to make sure the money borrowed from the schools is repaid in a timely manner by the state so school districts can provide that quality education. Education for all needs to be a priority which is demonstrated through proper funding."

Higher Education

  • Excerpt: "An educated and trained workforce is essential to make this state great. We need to fund higher education to make college affordable for all who want it. We can’t afford not to make education a priority."

Local Governments

  • Excerpt: "Local governments have been placed in a predicament of either cutting services or raising property taxes to make up for lost funding. Public safety could be at risk if city police departments are eliminated or reduced because of lack of funding. "


  • Excerpt: "We can stimulate our economy by bonding to match federal grants. This would replace our aging infrastructure and place money into our local economies stimulating our local businesses and generating new revenue for the state."

Health care

  • Excerpt: "Americans should not have to decide between medication or food. Medical expenses shouldn’t drive families into bankruptcy or squeeze elderly out of their life savings. Everyone should have affordable health care available to them."



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 Jay McNamar was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jeff Backer defeated Nancy Taffe in the Republican primary. Backer defeated McNamar in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 12A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Backer 51.8% 8,725
     Democratic Jay McNamar Incumbent 47.9% 8,065
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 38
Total Votes 16,828


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

McNamar won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 12A. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Scott Dutcher (R) and Dave Holman (Independence) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 12A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJay McNamar 47.5% 10,092
     Republican Scott Dutcher 46.3% 9,837
     Independence Dave Holman 6.1% 1,305
Total Votes 21,234

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McNamar is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, McNamar raised a total of $3,522 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[7]

Jay McNamar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 12A Won $3,522
Grand Total Raised $3,522


McNamar won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McNamar raised a total of $32,039.


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."[8]
  • 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."[9]
  • 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.[10]
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."[11]
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."[12]


McNamar received a score of 8% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 69th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Ward (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 12A
Succeeded by
Jeff Backer (R)