JoAnn Ward

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JoAnn Ward
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 53A
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
JoAnn Ward is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 53A. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Natural Resources Policy
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
Government Operations
Health and Human Services Policy


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "I believe that a good education is the foundation for a good economy. I am committed to investing in our children and therefore in our future."


  • Excerpt: "A healthy economy is a product of an educated and skilled workforce and a competitive job market. Businesses need an incentive to hire and retain new workers, and if elected I will pursue these incentives."


  • Excerpt: "I believe in a good balance of environmental protections and access to these treasures that will allow Minnesotans to enjoy the outdoors for generations."


  • Excerpt: "I believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. A strong economy needs a healthy community. As your representative, I will support policies to control health care costs and widen coverage."



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 JoAnn Ward was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Lukas Czech was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ward defeated Czech in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 53A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoAnn Ward Incumbent 58.4% 8,420
     Republican Lukas Czech 41.5% 5,983
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 24
Total Votes 14,427


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ward won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 53A. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Pam Cunningham (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 53A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoAnn Ward 56.3% 11,932
     Republican Pam Cunningham 43.7% 9,269
Total Votes 21,201

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ward is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ward raised a total of $39,601 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[7]

JoAnn Ward's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 53A Won $39,601
Grand Total Raised $39,601


Ward won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ward raised a total of $39,601.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to JoAnn Ward's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$5,779
Ward, JoAnn$4,750
Nora B. Slawik House Dist. 53A Committee$4,500
Laborers District Council of Minnesota & North Dakota$500
Friends of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Women$500
Total Raised in 2012$39,601
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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-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."[9]
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]


Ward received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 74th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Runbeck (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 53A
2013- present
Succeeded by