|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 29A|
|2011 - present|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Place of birth||Watertown, Minnesota|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
McDonald earned his A.A. in Photography from Hennepin Technical College, master's degree in photography in 2003, and craftsman degree in 2008. His professional experience includes owning a photography studio.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McDonald served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Education Finance|
|• Health and Human Services Finance|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McDonald served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Health and Human Services Finance|
|• Health and Human Services Reform|
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 Joe McDonald was unopposed in both the Republican primary and the general election.
McDonald won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 29A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Susann Dye (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 29A, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Joe McDonald Incumbent||62%||13,002|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19B (2010)|
|Christine Brazelton (DFL)||7,179||32.67%|
|Joe McDonald (R)||14,770||67.22%|
Comprehensive donor information for McDonald is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, McDonald raised a total of $41,105 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.
|Joe McDonald's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota House, District 29A||$19,717|
|2010||Minnesota House, District 19B||$21,388|
|Grand Total Raised||$41,105|
2012McDonald won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McDonald raised a total of $19,717.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joe McDonald's campaign in 2012|
|State of Minnesota Campaign Finance BD||$3,357|
|Wright County Republican Party of Minnesota||$1,000|
|Michele PAC Minnesota||$500|
|Tom Emmer Gov. Committee||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$19,717|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, McDonald received $21,388 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joe McDonald's campaign in 2010|
|Wright County Rpm||$4,000|
|Minnesota Trucking Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$21,388|
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- 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."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- 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."
McDonald and his wife, Rachel, have three children. His father, K.J. McDonald, served in the House from 1977 to 1982, and from 1983 to 1990.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Campaign Facebook page
- Twitter account
- Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, "Joe McDonald." Retrieved July 8, 2013
- Rick Santorum for President, "SANTORUM ANNOUNCES MINNESOTA LEADERSHIP ENDORSEMENTS," February 6, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Results," accessed November 4, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
- Follow the Money, "McDonald, Joe," accessed December 12, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Duane Quam (R)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 29A
| Succeeded by|
Tom Emmer (R)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 19B
| Succeeded by|
Kathy Brynaert (D)
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