Jim Davnie

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Jim Davnie
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 63A
Incumbent
In office
2001 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayApril 13, 1959
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionTeacher
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jim Davnie (b. April 13, 1959) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 63A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

Biography

Davnie earned his B.S. in Psychology/Social Work and M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience includes working as a teacher and chef.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education Finance
Education Policy
Ethics, Chair
Taxes
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Preserving and enhancing our quality of urban life

  • Excerpt: "Our urban quality of life is built on safe neighborhoods, strong, reliable transportation options, and affordable public services. For Minnesota a high quality of urban life is a strategic advantage to attracting and retaining the next generation of businesses and employees to the state."

Jobs Jobs Jobs

  • Excerpt: "The state can play a key role in supporting the creation of jobs and should in this trying economy."

Budget

  • Excerpt: "The legislature should make decisions in public and allow input from the people of Minnesota. Never again should a budget be set behind closed doors in a locked and dark Capitol."

Quality schools

  • Excerpt: "A strong public education system is key to opportunity for all Minnesota students. The globalized 21st century economy demands a well-educated flexible workforce only possible through education. Every Minnesota child deserves an opportunity for a high quality, challenging educational experience."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "We need to continue to build a multi-modal transit system that provides Minnesotans with transportation choices and allows the state to move in different ways. Light rail transit, buses, roads, and bike paths all play a part in developing a system that works."

Elections

2014

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 Jim Davnie was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kyle Bragg was unopposed in the Republican primary. Davnie defeated Bragg in the general election.[3][4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 63A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Davnie Incumbent 86.4% 15,026
     Republican Kyle Bragg 13.2% 2,297
     Write-in Write-in 0.3% 60
Total Votes 17,383

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Davnie won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 63A. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Kirk Brink (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 63A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Davnie Incumbent 85.7% 19,680
     Republican Kirk Brink 14.3% 3,289
Total Votes 22,969

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Davnie won re-election to the District 62A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Wes Whitby (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 62A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Davnie (DFL) 13,524 83.95%
Wes Whitby (R) 2,544 15.79%
Write-In 41 0.25%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Jim Davnie won election to the District 62A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Dave Shegstad. [9]

Jim Davnie raised $36,768 for his campaign.[10]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 62A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Davnie (DFL) 17,190 83.38%
Dave Shegstad (R) 3,368 16.34%
Write-In 58 0.28%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Davnie is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Davnie raised a total of $183,747 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[11]

Jim Davnie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 63A Won $19,346
2010 Minnesota State House, District 62A Won $30,757
2008 Minnesota State House, District 62A Won $36,768
2006 Minnesota State House, District 62A Won $25,462
2004 Minnesota State House, District 62A Won $28,246
2002 Minnesota State House, District 62A Won $24,530
2000 Minnesota State House, District 62A Won $18,638
Grand Total Raised $183,747

2012

Davnie won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Davnie raised a total of $19,346.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Davnie's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$9,906
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen$500
Prairie Island Indian Community$500
Committee of Thirteen Legislative Fund$500
Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59$500
Total Raised in 2012$19,346
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Davnie won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Davnie raised a total of $30,757.

2008

Davnie won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Davnie raised a total of $36,768.

2006

Davnie won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Davnie raised a total of $25,462.

2004

Davnie won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Davnie raised a total of $28,246.

2002

Davnie won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Davnie raised a total of $24,530.

2000

Davnie won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Davnie raised a total of $18,638.

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."[12]
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."[13]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[14]
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."[15]
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."[16]

2013

Davnie received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 125th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2012

Davnie received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 78th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[18]

2011

Davnie received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 107th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [19]

Personal

Davnie is married with two children. He served on the Seward Neighborhood Group from 1996 to 2000.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Davnie
  2. "jimdavnie," Official Campaign Website
  3. Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
  4. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
  5. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 Election Results," accessed November 4, 2014
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  9. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  10. Follow the Money's report on Davnie's 2008 campaign contributions
  11. Follow the Money, "Davnie, Jim." Retrieved July 18, 2013
  12. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  13. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  14. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  15. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  16. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Thissen (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 63A
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 62A
2001–2013
Succeeded by
Karen Clark (DFL)