Lyle Koenen

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Lyle Koenen
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Minnesota State Senate, District 17
Incumbent
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Whip, Minnesota State Senate
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedApril 10, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 20B
2003 - 2012
Education
Associate'sWillmar Vocational Technical School
Personal
BirthdayJune 16, 1956
Place of birthWillmar, Minnesota
ProfessionTransportation/Farmer
ReligionChristian Reformed
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Lyle Koenen (b. June 16, 1956) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in the April 10, 2012 special election. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Gary Kubly (D) passed away on March 2, 2012 after a battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.[1][2] Koenen began serving as a Majority Whip in the 2013 legislative session.

Koenen served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 20B from 2003 to 2012.

Biography

Koenen's professional experience includes working as a milk truck driver, school bus driver, and dairy farmer.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Energy
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
Taxes

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Koenen served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Koenen won re-election in District 17 for the Minnesota State Senate. Koenen defeated Larry D. Rice in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Joe Gimse (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLyle Koenen Incumbent 55.5% 21,621
     Republican Joe Gimse 44.5% 17,350
Total Votes 38,971
Minnesota State Senate, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLyle Koenen Incumbent 57.2% 3,019
Larry D. Rice 42.8% 2,259
Total Votes 5,278

2012 special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Koenen defeated Gregg Kulberg (R) and Leon Greenslit (I) in the April 10 special election. He defeated John Schultz in the March 27 primary.[5][6]

Minnesota State Senate, District 20, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLyle Koenen 54.4% 3,914
     Republican Gregg Kulberg 40.5% 2,912
     Independence Leon Greenslit 5.1% 364
     Write-in Various 0% 3
Total Votes 7,193

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Koenen won re-election to the District 20B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Brian Kohout (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 20B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lyle Koenen (DFL) 6,893 50.56%
Brian Kohout (R) 6,728 49.35%
Write-In 13 0.10%

2008

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Lyle Koenen won election to the District 20B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Don Swoboda. [8]

Lyle Koenen raised $19,870 for his campaign.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 20B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lyle Koenen (DFL) 11,732 66.86%
Don Swoboda (R) 5,790 33.00%
Write-In 24 0.14%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Koenen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Koenen raised a total of $177,620 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[10][11][12]

Lyle Koenen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota Senate, District 17 Won $33,600
2010 Minnesota House, District 20B Won $21,185
2008 Minnesota House, District 20B Won $19,870
2006 Minnesota House, District 20B Won $28,250
2004 Minnesota House, District 20B Won $28,726
2002 Minnesota House, District 20B Won $18,449
2000 Minnesota Senate, District 13 Defeated $27,540
Grand Total Raised $177,620

2012

Koenen won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Koenen raised a total of $33,600.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lyle Koenen's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$6,720
3rd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,000
Friends of Gary Kubly$1,000
Kandiyohi County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$675
Minnesota Nurses Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$33,600
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Koenen received $21,185 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[13]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lyle Koenen's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$3,789
Yellow Medicine County Democratic-Farmer-Labor$1,100
Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance$500
Minnesota Corn State PAC$500
Rural Electric PAC$350
Total Raised in 2010 $21,185

2008

Listed below are the two largest contributors to Lyle Koenen's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $4,124
Yellow Medicine County Democrat-Farmer-Labor $1,400

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."[14]
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."[15]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[16]
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."[17]
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."[18]

2013

Koenen received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 53rd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[19]

2012

Koenen received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 61st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[20] Koenen received a score of 14% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 102nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [21]

2011

Koenen received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 96th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [22]

Personal

Koenen is married with four children. He has served as co-chair of the Chippewa Farmers Union.

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References

  1. Independent, "Kubly laid to rest in Granite Falls," March 8, 2012
  2. West Central Tribune, "Minn. governor announces special election to fill late senator’s seat," March 8, 2012
  3. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Koenen
  4. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  5. MinnPost, "Rep. Koenen wins DFL primary to run in special election for Kubly's Senate seat," March 28, 2012
  6. West Central Tribune, "Koenen wins special election in Minn. Senate seat," April 10, 2012 (dead link)
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State – 2010 General Election Results
  8. 2008 General Election Results
  9. Follow the Money's report on Koenen's 2008 campaign contributions
  10. Follow the Money, "Koenen, Lyle," accessed December 21, 2013
  11. Follow the Money, "Koenen, Lyle," accessed December 21, 2013
  12. Follow the Money, "Koenen, Lyle J," accessed December 21, 2013
  13. Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
  14. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  15. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  16. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  17. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  20. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  21. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
  22. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Sean Nienow (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 17
2013–present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Gary Kubly
Minnesota State Senate District 20
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Kevin Dahle (DFL)
Preceded by
-
Minnesota State House District 20B
2003–2012
Succeeded by
Vacant