|Minnesota Secretary of State|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Minnesota State Senate District 28|
|2011 - 2013|
|Bachelor's||St. Cloud State University|
|Profession||Store Owner, Sears|
Howe earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University. Howe has also owned a Sears store and worked as a corrections officer.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Howe served on these committees:
- Energy, Utilities, Technology, and Communications
- Jobs and Economic Growth
- Transportation, Vice Chair
Howe's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Reducing Government's Footprint
- Excerpt:"No matter what the issue, the principle of Reducing Government's Footprint guides John in his decision making. He understands that every government rule and regulation takes away a little bit of our personal freedom and liberty, and he studies every issue with that in mind. "
Taxes and Spending
- Excerpt:"A member of the Senate Taxes committee, John understands that the problem with Minnesota's taxes is not that they are too low."
Jobs and the Economy
- Excerpt:"As a small business owner and entrepreneur, John understands that economic growth and good private sector jobs are created when the private sector is allowed to flourish."
- Excerpt:"As a graduate of public schools and St. Cloud State University, John recognizes the importance of public education. He also understands that taxpayers are asking for more accountability and better outcomes from the education system."
- Excerpt:"Shortly after his election, John was made vice chair of the Senate Transportation committee, and immediately began partnering with MN/DOT to work on important safety issues in his district."
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
|Minnesota State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mike Dudley Incumbent||47.5%||19,846|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
|Minnesota State Senate, District 28 (2010)|
|John Howe (R)||16706||54.99%|
|Joe Fricke (DFL)||13649||44.93%|
In 2010, Howe raised $47,193 in contributions.
His three largest contributors were:
|Howe, John S||$5,000|
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."
Howe and his spouse Lisa have three children.
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- Campaign site
- House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- Star Tribune, Former GOP Sen. Howe launches bid for Minnesota secretary of state after other candidate drops, March 11, 2014
- "johnhowe," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 12, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- Secretary of State Official general election results
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed September 27, 2013
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed September 27, 2013
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed September 27, 2013
Steve Murphy (DFL)
|Minnesota State Senate District 28
| Succeeded by|
Jeremy Miller (R)