John Persell

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
John Persell
Persell.JPG
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 5A
Incumbent
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Whip, Minnesota House of Representatives
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBemidji State University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Personal
ProfessionEnvironmental Policy Analyst
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
John Persell is a Democratic-Farmer Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 5A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Persell began serving as Majority Whip in the 2013 legislative session.[1]

Biography

Persell's professional experience includes working as an Environmental Policy Analyst for Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and as a water quality specialist. He served in the United States Air Force.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Natural Resources Policy
Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy, Vice-chair
Rules and Legislative Administration
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Persell's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Grow Good Jobs With A Clean Environment

  • Excerpt: "Our economic future requires a clean and healthy environment. Minnesota must practice sustainable resource management, support green industries and the jobs they generate."

Make Education A Priority

  • Excerpt: "Our economy depends on an educated workforce. I will champion Minnesota’s education system, including adequate funding for all education levels—early childhood, K-12, and higher education."

Fight For A Fair Tax System

  • Excerpt: "Working families want a tax system that is fair. We need to reduce taxes on homeowners and require the wealthiest Minnesotans to pay their fair share. "

Close The Healthcare Gap

  • Excerpt: "I will fight for affordable health care for working Minnesotans and their employers. We must fix the system that is hurting families, hampering businesses and crippling our economy."

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 Persell defeated Lavern Pederson in the Democratic primary. Phillip Nelson was unopposed in the Republican primary.[4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 5A Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Persell Incumbent 84.6% 1,544
Lavern Pederson 15.4% 281
Total Votes 1,825

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Persell won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 5A. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 7 and defeated incumbent Larry Howes (R) in the general election on November 6.[6][7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 5A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Persell Incumbent 56.2% 10,901
     Republican Larry Howes Incumbent 43.8% 8,497
Total Votes 19,398

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Persell won re-election to the District 4A seat in 2010. He defeated Mark Thorson in the August 10 Democratic primary. He faced Richard Lehmann (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Persell (DFL) 7,744 52.89%
Richard Lehmann (R) 6,808 46.49%
Write-In 91 0.62%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Persell won election to the District 4A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating opponents John Carlson (R) and Sharatin Blake (I).[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Persell (DFL) 10,259 52.06%
John Carlson (R) 8,666 43.89%
Sharatin Blake (I) 758 3.85%
Write-In 23 0.12%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Persell is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Persell raised a total of $85,071 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 29, 2013.[10]

John Persell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 5A Won $27,126
2010 Minnesota State House, District 4A Won $25,875
2008 Minnesota State House, District 4A Won $32,070
Grand Total Raised $85,071

2012

Persell won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Persell raised a total of $27,126.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Persell's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$4,214
Beltrami County DFL$1,150
Cass County DFL$900
5A House District DFL New$850
Duluth FirePAC$500
Total Raised in 2012$27,126
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Persell won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Persell raised a total of $25,875.

2008

Persell won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Persell raised a total of $32,070.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

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."[11]
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."[12]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[13]
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."[14]
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."[15]

2013

Persell received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 87th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2012

Persell received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 114th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2011

Persell received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 116th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [18]

Personal

Persell is married and with three children. He has served on the Frohn Township Board of Supervisors, and has been a member of the American Legion Honor Guard, mentor with the Leech Lake Tribal College Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Program, and a guide for Take a Kid Fishing.[2]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term John + Persell + Minnesota + Legislature

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

John Persell News Feed

  • Loading...

External links

Light Bulb Icon.svg.png
Suggest a link

References

  1. The Bemidji Pioneer, "Persell name House Majority Whip," December 21, 2012. Accessed November 23, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Persell
  3. "johnpersell," Official Campaign Website
  4. Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
  5. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State – 2010 General Election Results
  9. Minnesota Secretary of State - Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  10. Follow the Money, "Persell, John." Retrieved June 29, 2013
  11. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  12. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  13. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  14. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  15. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  16. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Rukavina (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 5A
2013–present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
-
Minnesota State House District 4A
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Ben Lien (DFL)