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John Petersburg

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John Petersburg
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 24A
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Claremont/Triton School Board
ProfessionChurch Administrator
John Petersburg is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 24A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture Policy
Transportation Finance
Transportation Policy



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. Beverly Cashman was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent John Petersburg was unopposed in the Republican primary. Petersburg defeated Cashman in the general election.[1][2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 24A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Petersburg Incumbent 54.7% 7,202
     Democratic Beverly Cashman 45.2% 5,949
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 7
Total Votes 13,158


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Petersburg won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 24A. He defeated Larry Johnson in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Craig Brenden (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 24A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Petersburg 52.3% 9,906
     Democratic Craig Brenden 47.7% 9,036
Total Votes 18,942
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 24A Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Petersburg 66.1% 1,488
Larry Johnson 33.9% 763
Total Votes 2,251

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Petersburg is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Petersburg raised a total of $25,366 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[6]

John Petersburg's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 24A Won $25,366
Grand Total Raised $25,366


Petersburg won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Petersburg raised a total of $25,366.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Petersburg's campaign in 2012
Petersburg, John$4,500
Public Fund$2,896
Steele County RPM$650
1st Congressional District RPM$600
Total Raised in 2012$25,366
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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."[7]
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."[8]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[9]
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."[10]
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."[11]


Petersburg received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 44th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Gunther (R)
Minnesota State House District 24A
2013- present
Succeeded by