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Keith Downey
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 41A
Former Member
In office
2009 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Eau Claire (1983)
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Personal
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
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Keith Downey is a former Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 41A from 2009 to 2013.

Downey received his MIS and BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

He has worked as Advisor to State Agencies in Strategy, Technology, Operations, was an employee with Unisys and Epic Systems, and a partner with Virchow Krause Consulting.

Downey is a member of Christ Presbyterian Church and treasurer of the Southview Parent Council. He is married and has 3 children.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

Downey's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Recover our economy

  • Excerpt:"Reform the tax structure to simplify it, reduce state revenue volatility, and attract investment to Minnesota."

Develop World-Class Graduates

  • Excerpt:"Increase local control for school districts by reforming the school funding formula and relieving mandates."

Control State Spending

  • Excerpt:"Measure outcomes for programs at all levels of government."

Reform Healthcare and Human Services

  • Excerpt:"Expand pay for performance for all programs, specifically the pilots in workforce and housing programs."

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Downey served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Downey served on these committees:

  • Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division (Lead GOP)
  • Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
  • K-12 Education Policy and Oversight
  • State Government Finance Division
  • Taxes

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Downey ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 49. Downey was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, was defeated by Melisa Franzen (D) in the general election on November 6.[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelisa Franzen 52.8% 26,893
     Republican Keith Downey 47.2% 24,045
Total Votes 50,938

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Downey won re-election to the District 41A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Kevin Staunton (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 41A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Kevin Staunton (DFL) 9,767 48.51%
Green check mark transparent.png Keith Downey (R) 10,354 51.42%
Write-In 14 0.07%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Keith Downey won election to the District 41A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Ron Erhardt and Kevin Staunton. [5]

Keith Downey raised $83,281 for his campaign.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 41A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Keith Downey (R) 8,925 39.69%
Ron Erhardt (MI) 7,760 31.90%
Kevin Staunton (DFL) 7,626 31.35%
Write-In 16 0.07%

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Downey received $104,540 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Keith Downey's campaign in 2010
Downey, Keith$10,000
House Republican Campaign Cmte Of Minnesota$3,750
41st Senate District Republican Party Of Minnesota$1,750
Haller, Matthew$500
Corrigan, Fredrick W$500
Total Raised in 2010 $104,540

2008

Listed below are the three largest contributors to Keith Downey's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $10,000
41st Senate District Republican Party $3,455
House Republican Campaign CMTE of Minnesota $1,000

Scorecards

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]

2012

Downey received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 16th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[9]

2011

Downey received a score of 92% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 6th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 41A
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Connie Bernardy (DFL)