Jean Wagenius

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Jean Wagenius
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 63B
Incumbent
In office
1987 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
J.D.William Mitchell College of Law
Personal
Place of birthWashington, DC
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCongregationalist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jean Wagenius (b. 1941) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 63B. She was first elected to the chamber in 1986.

Biography

Wagenius earned her B.A. from George Washington University and J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. Her professional experience includes working as a Staff Attorney for the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Peace Corps volunteer, and manager of a telephone company.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

In the 2013 legislative session, Wagenius served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
Agriculture Policy
Environment and Natural Resources Policy
Legacy
Ways and Means

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Wagenius's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Ethics and Campaign Finance

  • Excerpt: "Jean started the "No Perks Pledge" in the Minnesota House that lead to the ban on gifts to legislators. "

Education

  • Excerpt: "Jean authored the law that provided the first state funds for class size reduction."

Clean air and water

  • Excerpt: "Jean was chief author of the 2007 and 2009 Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Omnibus Finance Bills which put Minnesota on track to complete testing the State’s waters every 10 years, develop cleanup plans and begin the cleanup process."

Affordable Housing and a Livable City

  • Excerpt: "Over the strenuous objections of wealthy suburban interests, Jean designed and passed the "This Old House" law to encourage the renovation of older homes by giving a tax incentive for improvements. Many residents took advantage of the law during its ten-year duration and the resulting improvements have had a lasting positive effect on our neighborhoods."

Transit

  • Excerpt: "Jean advocates for transportation funding that includes bus and rail transit as well as roads rather than a “roads-only” policy."

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Jean Wagenius defeated Roger Kittelson in the Democratic primary. Andres Hortillosa was unopposed in the Republican primary. Wagenius faces Hortillosa in the general election.[3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 63B Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJean Wagenius Incumbent 91.1% 2,166
Roger Kittelson 8.9% 212
Total Votes 2,378

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wagenius won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 63B. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Matt Ashley (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 63B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJean Wagenius Incumbent 76.6% 17,181
     Republican Matt Ashley 23.4% 5,240
Total Votes 22,421

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Wagenius won re-election to the District 62B seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Deanna Boss (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 62B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jean Wagenius (DFL) 13,243 77.19%
Deanna Boss (R) 3,868 22.55%
Write-In 45 0.26%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Wagenius won election to the District 62B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Jeffrey Gunness. [8]

Wagenius raised $15,867 for her campaign.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 62B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jean Wagenius (DFL) 17,394 79.20%
Jeffrey Gunness (R) 4,517 20.57%
Write-In 51 0.23%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wagenius is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Wagenius raised a total of $150,868 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[10]

Jean Wagenius's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 63B Won $15,558
2010 Minnesota State House, District 62B Won $16,062
2008 Minnesota State House, District 62B Won $15,867
2006 Minnesota State House, District 62B Won $17,383
2004 Minnesota State House, District 62B Won $19,268
2002 Minnesota State House, District 62B Won $14,234
2000 Minnesota State House, District 63A Won $14,654
1998 Minnesota State House, District 63A Won $16,044
1996 Minnesota State House, District 63A Won $21,798
Grand Total Raised $150,868

2012

Wagenius won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Wagenius raised a total of $15,558.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jean Wagenius's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$8,538
R.E. Haselow$250
Mary Pruitt$250
J.P. Haselow$250
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$150
Total Raised in 2012$15,558
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Wagenius won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Wagenius raised a total of $16,062.

2008

Wagenius won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Wagenius raised a total of $15,867.

2006

Wagenius won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Wagenius raised a total of $17,383.

2004

Wagenius won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Wagenius raised a total of $19,268.

2002

Wagenius won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Wagenius raised a total of $14,234.

2000

Wagenius won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Wagenius raised a total of $14,654.

1998

Wagenius won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Wagenius raised a total of $16,044.

1996

Wagenius won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Wagenius raised a total of $21,798.

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."[11]
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."[12]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[13]
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."[14]
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."[15]

2013

Wagenius received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 76th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2012

Wagenius received a score of 29% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 86th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2011

Wagenius received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 83rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [18]

Personal

Wagenius is married with two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Slocum (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 63B
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 62B
1987–2013
Succeeded by
Susan Allen (DFL)