Kari Dziedzic

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Kari Dziedzic
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Minnesota State Senate, District 60
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJanuary 10, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Kari Dziedzic is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 60. She was first elected to the chamber in the January 10, 2012 special election. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Lawrence Pogemiller (D) resigned to accept an appointment as Director of the Office of Higher Education.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013


Campaign themes


Dziedzic's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "I will bring an enthusiasm and passion to improve our area to the State Capitol, and will work to fund the Grand Round Missing Link and Granary Road."


  • Excerpt: "The best strategy for good jobs is a world-class education system, not cuts and budget gimmicks that shortchange Minnesota’s public schools. Job creation will be my top priority—and a quality education is key to a good job."

Environment and Clean Water

  • Excerpt: "I will make sure that Clean Water and Legacy funds are put to proper use in the district, restoring natural resources like our Mississippi River, and stabilizing stream banks to protect drinking water for future generations."

Equal Rights for all Minnesotans

  • Excerpt: "The marriage amendment is a civil rights issue. Hate and discrimination have no place in the state constitution. I will vote against the amendment and work vigorously to defeat it."

Neighborhoods and Affordable Housing

  • Excerpt: "We need to both foster additional owner-occupied housing to help stabilize neighborhoods that are becoming increasingly transient, and we must ensure that rental buildings are safe for the tenants who live there."



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Dziedzic won re-election to her seat in District 60. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Mark Lazarchic (R) and Rahn V. Workcuff (Independence) in the general election on November 6.[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 60, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKari Dziedzic Incumbent 77.4% 29,014
     Republican Mark Lazarchic 17.1% 6,400
     Independence Rahn Workcuff 5.5% 2,077
Total Votes 37,491

2012 special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Dziedzic defeated Ben Schwanke (R) in the January 10, 2012 special election.[4][5][6]

Minnesota State Senate, District 59, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKari Dziedzic 79.4% 3,393
     Republican Ben Schwanke 19.3% 824
     Write-In Various 1.3% 56
Total Votes 4,273

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dziedzic is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Dziedzic raised a total of $41,322 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[7]

Kari Dziedzic's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 60 Won $41,322
Grand Total Raised $41,322


Dziedzic won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Dziedzic raised a total of $41,322.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kari Dziedzic's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$14,371
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 539$500
Committee Of Thirteen Legislative Fund$500
Local 49 Political Fund$500
Firefighters Association Of Minneapolis Political Fund$500
Total Raised in 2012$41,322
Source:Follow the Money


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."[8]


Dziedzic received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 61st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[9]


Dziedzic received a score of 29% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 48th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Dibble (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 60
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 59
Succeeded by
Bobby Joe Champion (DFL)