|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66B|
|2003 - present|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||11|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 5, 2002|
|Bachelor's||Saint Louis University|
|J.D.||Hamline University School of Law|
|Birthday||January 15, 1973|
|Place of birth||Brooklyn Park, Minnesota|
|Profession||Assistant City Attorney, City of Saint Paul|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
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|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lesch served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Civil Law|
|• Judiciary Policy and Finance|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lesch served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Public Safety Policy and Oversight|
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 John Lesch was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Lizz Paulson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lesch defeated Paulson in the general election.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66B General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||John Lesch Incumbent||76.4%||7,047|
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.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66B, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||John Lesch Incumbent||79.6%||11,504|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66A (2010)|
|John Lesch (DFL)||4,894||71.2%|
|Chris Conner (R)||1,952||28.40%|
Lesch raised $19,628 for his campaign.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66A (2008)|
|John Lesch (DFL)||9,001||76.77%|
|Gilbert Higuera (R)||2,665||22.73%|
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.
|John Lesch's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota House, District 66B||$26,216|
|2011||Minnesota Senate, District 66||$19,363|
|2010||Minnesota House, District 66A||$14,239|
|2008||Minnesota House, District 66A||$19,628|
|2006||Minnesota House, District 66A||$22,869|
|2004||Minnesota House, District 66A||$26,913|
|2002||Minnesota House, District 66A||$31,050|
|Grand Total Raised||$160,278|
2012Lesch 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|
|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|
In 2010, Lesch received $14,239 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to John Lesch's campaign in 2010|
|66Th Senate District DFL||$1,000|
|Afscme Minnesota Council 5||$300|
|Multi Housing PAC||$300|
|Dorsey & Whitney||$250|
|Total Raised in 2010||$14,239|
Listed below is the largest contributor to John Lesch's 2008 campaign.
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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
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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.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- John Lesch on Facebook
- John Lesch on Twitter
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Lesch
- 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 Election Results," accessed November 4, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
- Follow the Money's report on Lesch's 2008 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money, "Lesch, John," accessed December 13, 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
Alice Hausman (DFL)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 66B
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 66A
| Succeeded by|
Alice Hausman (DFL)
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