John Pederson

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John Pederson
John Pederson.jpg
Minnesota State Senate, District 14
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthwestern College
Master'sCardinal Stritch University
ProfessionPart-Owner, Amcon Block & Precast Inc.
Office website
Campaign website
John C. Pederson (b. March 23, 1968) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


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.

Committee assignments


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:


Campaign themes


Pederson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • 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

Pederson won election in District 14 in 2012 after redistricting. He defeated Jerry McCarter (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Pederson Incumbent 52.6% 19,351
     Democratic Jerry McCarter 47.4% 17,434
Total Votes 36,785


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Pederson had no opponent in the primary. He defeated Bruce Hentges (DFL) in the general election.[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 15 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Pederson (R) 13495 50.78%
Bruce Hentges (DFL) 13035 49.05%
Write-In 43 0.16%

Campaign donors

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.[5]

John Pederson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 14 Won $95,280
2010 Minnesota State House, District 15 Won $60,823
Grand Total Raised $156,103


Pederson 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
Public Fund$5,452
15th Senate District RPM$3,000
6th Congressional District RPM$1,500
American Council Of Engineering Companies Of Minnesota$500
Neitzke, Robert$500
Total Raised in 2012$95,280
Source:Follow the Money


Pederson won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Pederson raised a total of $60,823.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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."[6]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.


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."[7]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[8]
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."[9]
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."[10]


Pederson received a score of 54% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 28th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[11]


Pederson received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 26th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[12]


Pederson received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 16th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[13]


Pederson is married with three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michelle Fischbach (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 14
2013- present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tarryl Clark (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Dave Brown (R)