Jerry Newton

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Jerry Newton
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 37A
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
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
Jerry Newton is a Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 37A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education Finance
Health and Human Services Finance
Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs, Vice-chair



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 Jerry Newton was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mandy Benz was unopposed in the Republican primary. Newton defeated Benz in the general election.[1][2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 37A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Newton Incumbent 52.4% 6,934
     Republican Mandy Benz 47.5% 6,275
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 12
Total Votes 13,221


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Newton won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 37A. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Mandy Benz (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 37A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Newton 57.3% 11,843
     Republican Mandy Benz 42.7% 8,830
Total Votes 20,673

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Newton is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Newton raised a total of $163,563 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[5]

Jerry Newton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 37A Won $25,874
2010 Minnesota House, District 49B Won $30,506
2008 Minnesota House, District 49B Won $23,149
2006 Minnesota Senate, District 49 Won $33,176
2000 Minnesota House, District 49A Won $27,987
1998 Minnesota House, District 49A Defeated $22,871
Grand Total Raised $163,563


Newton won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Newton raised a total of $25,874.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jerry Newton's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$4,921
6th Congressional District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,000
37th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New$990
Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59$500
North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters & Joiners$500
Total Raised in 2012$25,874
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."[6]
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."[7]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[8]
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."[9]
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."[10]


Newton received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 89th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tara Mack (R)
Minnesota State House District 37A
Succeeded by