|Minnesota State Senate, District 14|
|2011 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Master's||Cardinal Stritch University|
|Profession||Part-Owner, Amcon Block & Precast Inc.|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Pederson earned his B.S. in Business Administration and Biblical Studies from Northwestern College, and his M.B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University. His professional experience includes working as part-owner of Amcon Block & Precast, Inc; and as an instructor at St. Cloud Technical College, Rasmussen College and Dale Carnegie.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pederson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Capital Investment|
|• Transportation and Public Safety|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pederson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Capital Investment, Vice-chair|
|• Environment and Natural Resources|
|• Higher Education|
|• Jobs and Economic Growth|
|• Local Government and Elections|
Pederson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "First, we need to ask our legislators to hold spending increases to the current rate of inflation and population growth and live within our means."
- Excerpt: "Second, we need a state government to have a balanced budget to eliminate the uncertainty that people have about taking risks on their creative ideas and expand new or current businesses in our current economy."
- Excerpt: "Third, we need an equal playing field for the small businesses that compete throughout the Midwest. If the costs of doing business in Minnesota are higher than surrounding states then our good jobs will move to other states."
- Excerpt: "That is nearly double digit growth every year with single digit growth in the private sector economy. Can you imagine if Minnesota families like yours and mine allowed our expenses to increase in this manner (10-15%) when our increases in wages are 3-5%?"
- Excerpt: "The state legislature needs to work to develop a funding formula that takes away the conflicts between the Boards of Education (taxpayer representatives) and our education workforce (teachers and staff)."
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
|Minnesota State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||John Pederson Incumbent||52.6%||19,351|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
|Minnesota State Senate, District 15 (2010)|
|John Pederson (R)||13495||50.78%|
|Bruce Hentges (DFL)||13035||49.05%|
Comprehensive donor information for Pederson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Pederson raised a total of $156,103 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.
|John Pederson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota State Senate, District 14||$95,280|
|2010||Minnesota State House, District 15||$60,823|
|Grand Total Raised||$156,103|
2012Pederson won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pederson raised a total of $95,280.
|Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to John Pederson's campaign in 2012|
|15th Senate District RPM||$3,000|
|6th Congressional District RPM||$1,500|
|American Council Of Engineering Companies Of Minnesota||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$95,280|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Pederson won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Pederson raised a total of $60,823.
|Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to John Pederson's campaign in 2010|
|6th Congressional District RPM||$2,000|
|15th Senate District RPM||$1,450|
|Total Raised in 2010||$60,823|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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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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Pederson is married with three children.
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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
- "pedersonforsenate," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "State of Minnesota Canvassing Report," accessed May 25, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Secretary of State Official general election results
- Follow the Money, "Pederson, John." Retrieved June 27, 2013
- 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
Michelle Fischbach (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 14
| Succeeded by|
Tarryl Clark (DFL)
|Minnesota State Senate District 15
| Succeeded by|
Dave Brown (R)