John Lesch

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John Lesch
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66B
Incumbent
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSaint Louis University
J.D.Hamline University School of Law
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 15, 1973
Place of birthBrooklyn Park, Minnesota
ProfessionAssistant City Attorney, City of Saint Paul
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
John Lesch (b. January 15, 1973) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 66B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. Lesch is a former State House Minority Whip.

Biography

Lesch earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Saint Louis University and J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of St. Paul, a legislative intern for Representative Andy Dawkins, and an aide to St. Paul Councilman Chris Coleman.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law, Chair
Judiciary Finance and Policy
Public Safety Finance and Policy
Rules and Legislative Administration
Taxes

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent John Lesch was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Lizz Paulson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lesch faces Paulson in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lesch won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 66B. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Ben Blomgren (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lesch Incumbent 79.6% 11,504
     Republican Ben Blomgren 20.4% 2,951
Total Votes 14,455

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lesch won re-election to the District 66A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Chris Conner (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Lesch (DFL) 4,894 71.2%
Chris Conner (R) 1,952 28.40%
Write-In 28 0.41%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Lesch won election to the District 66A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Gilbert Higuera. [6]

Lesch raised $19,628 for his campaign.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Lesch (DFL) 9,001 76.77%
Gilbert Higuera (R) 2,665 22.73%
Write-In 59 0.50%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lesch is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Lesch raised a total of $160,278 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 13, 2013.[8]

John Lesch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 66B Won $26,216
2011 Minnesota Senate, District 66 Defeated $19,363
2010 Minnesota House, District 66A Won $14,239
2008 Minnesota House, District 66A Won $19,628
2006 Minnesota House, District 66A Won $22,869
2004 Minnesota House, District 66A Won $26,913
2002 Minnesota House, District 66A Won $31,050
Grand Total Raised $160,278

2012

Lesch won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lesch raised a total of $26,216.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Lesch's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$11,888
John Lesch for State Senate$2,233
66A House District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,200
66B House District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,000
Electric Workers Local 110$500
Total Raised in 2012$26,216
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Lesch received $14,239 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Lesch's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$6,399
66Th Senate District DFL$1,000
Afscme Minnesota Council 5$300
Multi Housing PAC$300
Dorsey & Whitney$250
Total Raised in 2010 $14,239

2008

Listed below is the largest contributor to John Lesch's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $6,298

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."[10]
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."[11]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[12]
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."[13]
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."[14]

2013

Lesch received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 104th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[15]

2012

Lesch received a score of 14% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 101st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2011

Lesch received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 123rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [17]

Personal

Lesch is divorced with one child. He has been a member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local #3757, a Delegate for the Saint Paul Trades and Labor Assembly, and a founding member of the South Como Block Club.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alice Hausman (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 66B
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 66A
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Alice Hausman (DFL)