Linda Runbeck

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Linda Runbeck
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 38A
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota State Senate, District 53
1993 - 2001
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 52A
1989 - 1993
Education
Bachelor'sBethel University
Personal
BirthdayJune 11, 1946
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Linda Runbeck (b. June 11, 1946) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 38A. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Runbeck served in the House from 1989 (when she won a special election on February 4) to 1993. She then served in the Minnesota State Senate from 1993 to 2001.[1]

Biography

Runbeck graduated from Bethel University. Her professional experience includes working as a small business owner and corporate executive.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Taxes
Transportation Policy

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Jobs & The Economy

  • Excerpt: "To improve the state's economic competitiveness, the focus must be to: overhaul our regulatory environment, reduce business taxes, ensure reliable low-cost energy, enact across-the-board policies rather than choosing favored industries, expedite the commercialization of technology developed at the U of M, refrain from increasing the cost of labor and taxing success."

Spending Reform

  • Excerpt: "We can't spend our way to prosperity. This maxim is as appropriate for government budgets as it is for family budgets."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Linda supports a "jobs-friendly" environment to move Minnesota?s economy forward. She believes tax increases should not be on the table."

K-12 Education

  • Excerpt: "Linda supported this legislation for referendum equalization aid and debt service equalization aid which was signed by Gov. Carlson."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Linda supports market-based health care solutions as the most effective way to stem the rising costs of health care."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Linda Runbeck endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Elections

2014

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. Pat Davern was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Linda Runbeck was unopposed in the Republican primary. Runbeck defeated Davern in the general election.[4][5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 38A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Runbeck Incumbent 62.2% 9,213
     Democratic Pat Davern 37.7% 5,586
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 15
Total Votes 14,814

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Runbeck won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 38A. She was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Patrick Davern (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 38A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Runbeck Incumbent 58.1% 12,197
     Democratic Patrick Davern 41.9% 8,802
Total Votes 20,999

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Runbeck won election to the District 53A seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Paul Gardner (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 53A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Paul Gardner (DFL) 7,851 43.63%
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Runbeck (R) 10,131 56.31%
Write-In 11 0.06%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Runbeck is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Runbeck raised a total of $35,345 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 16, 2013.[10]

Linda Runbeck's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 38A Won $33,388
2010 Minnesota State House, District 53A Won $1,957
Grand Total Raised $35,345

2012

Runbeck won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Runbeck raised a total of $33,388.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Linda Runbeck's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,788
Runbeck, Linda$2,000
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$500
Hubbard, Stan$500
Minnesota Association of Realtors$500
Total Raised in 2012$33,388
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Runbeck won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Runbeck raised a total of $1,957.

Scorecards

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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

Runbeck received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 43rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2012

Runbeck received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 3rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2011

Runbeck received a score of 92% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 1st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [18]

Personal

Runbeck and her husband, Richard, have one child. Prior to her time in the legislature, she was the president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.

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References

  1. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, "Runbeck, Linda." Retrieved July 8, 2013
  2. "lindarunbeck," Official Campaign Website
  3. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Minnesota Leaders," February 3, 2012
  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, "2014 Election Results," accessed November 4, 2014
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  9. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  10. Follow the Money, "Runbeck, Linda." Retrieved July 16, 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
Diane Anderson (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 38A
2013–present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Paul Gardner (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 53A
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Joann Ward (DFL)