|Minnesota State Senate, District 20|
|January 8, 2013 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Minnesota State Senate, District 25|
|Bachelor's||University of Northern Iowa|
|Master's||University of St. Mary’s|
|Birthday||January 24, 1960|
|Place of birth||Forest City, Iowa|
Dahle served in the Senate previously, representing District 25 from 2008 (when he won a special election) to 2011.
Dahle earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982, and his master's degree from the University of St. Mary's in 2004. His professional experience includes working as a teacher.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Dahle served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Education, Vice-chair|
|• State and Local Government|
Dahle's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Jobs and the Economy
- Excerpt: "I am committed to building an economic approach that lifts every American, not just the privileged few. The average American CEO earns more before lunchtime in one day than a minimum wage worker earns all year."
- Excerpt: "We need to take a critical look at how we fund education. Minnesota schools are struggling with fewer and fewer resources. The State cannot use our schools as a credit card to solve its long term budget problems."
Environment & Energy
- Excerpt: "The next generations should inherit a beautiful Minnesota. It’s time to protect our environment by demanding higher standards and a cleaner quality of life. We need to protect our wetlands and preserve our clean air and water with sensible solutions, energy solutions that invest in clean, renewable energy and efficient technologies."
- Excerpt: "Hard working Minnesotans are having a hard time paying for health care costs. Premiums are increasing at an annual rate of 16%. Employers and employees shouldn’t have to make painful decisions about health care."
- Excerpt: "When crafting our transportation options, we must work to reduce the focus on driving. At the same time we cannot ignore our crumbling infrastructure. We need to renew our commitment to rebuilding roads and bridges in order to move people and goods in a safe and efficient manner."
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
|Minnesota State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
Dahle lost re-election to the 25th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Al DeKruif ran for the seat on the Republican ticket and John Grimm ran as an Independent. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Minnesota State Senate, District 25 (2008)|
|Kevin Dahle (DFL)||6,802||55.15%|
|Ray Cox (R)||5,225||42.37%|
|Vance Norgaard (I)||296||2.40%|
Comprehensive donor information for Dahle is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Dahle raised a total of $92,318 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.
|Kevin Dahle's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota Senate, District 20||$51,001|
|2010||Minnesota Senate, District 25||$41,317|
|Grand Total Raised||$92,318|
2012Dahle won election to the Massachusetts State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Dahle raised a total of $51,001.
|Massachusetts State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kevin Dahle's campaign in 2012|
|3rd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New||$2,000|
|20th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New||$725|
|Lesueur County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party||$650|
|Minnesota Oncology Hematology||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$51,001|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
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- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
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- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
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- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
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Kevin and his wife, Beth, have three children.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker profile
- Campaign Facebook page
- "kevindahle," Official Campaign Website
- Northfield Patch, "Northfield's Kevin Dahle to Run for Minnesota Senate in 2012," November 6, 2011
- Secretary of State Official general election results
- Minnesota Secretary of State - 2008 Special Election Results
- Follow the Money, "Dahle, Kevin L," accessed December 21, 2013
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
Lyle Koenen (DFL)
|Minnesota State Senate District 20
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota State Senate District 25
| Succeeded by|
Al DeKruif (R)