Mary Kiffmeyer

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Mary Kiffmeyer
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Minnesota State Senate, District 30
Incumbent
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16B
2009-2013
Education
OtherSaint Gabriel's School of Nursing
Personal
BirthdayDecember 29, 1946
ProfessionCo-Owner/Consultant, Medical Business
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mary Kiffmeyer (b. December 29, 1946) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 30. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Kiffmeyer served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 16B from 2009 to 2013. She served as Minnesota Secretary of State from 1998 to 2008.

Biography

Kiffmeyer's professional experience includes working as co-owner and consultant of a medical business, a reporter with the Becker Citizen Newspaper, a certified election judge for the State of Minnesota and a substitute teacher.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment
Transportation and Public Safety

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Fiscal Policy

  • Excerpt: "I support individuals and families spending their own money in a capital and free-market enterprise system. A market driven system fosters competition that the people themselves direct by how they spend their money."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "I will not support a tax increase. We expect our federal government to protect our borders and to protect our individual freedoms as Americans."

Government

  • Excerpt: "Private industry is far more efficient, flexible and effective in use of money than the government. Money is best spent by the citizens who earned it. I believe that if government has less money, it becomes more efficient and cost-effective."

Energy

  • Excerpt: "I support drilling for oil in our own country and using our own energy resources. Market-driven incentives from the government for research and development of alternative fuels, if done at all, should be broad-based and not favor a particular solution such as corn-based ethanol."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Education is a foundational tool to a literate well-run society. Parental choice in education is fundamental whether they choose public, private or home-school settings. Core curriculum subjects of math, reading, writing and genuine American History should be a priority in every setting."

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Kiffmeyer won election for Minnesota State Senate in District 30. She defeated Paul Bolin in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Paul Perovich (D) in the general election on November 6.[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Kiffmeyer 62.5% 25,205
     Democratic Paul Perovich 37.5% 15,125
Total Votes 40,330
Minnesota State Senate, District 30 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Kiffmeyer 73.4% 1,620
Paul Bolin 26.6% 586
Total Votes 2,206

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kiffmeyer won re-election to the District 16B seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Tom Heyd (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Tom Heyd (DFL) 5,563 29.54%
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Kiffmeyer (R) 13,254 70.37%
Write-In 18 0.10%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Mary Kiffmeyer won election to the District 16B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Steve Andrews. [5]

Mary Kiffmeyer raised $29,955 for her campaign.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Kiffmeyer (R) 15,863 63.52%
Steve Andrews (DFL) 8,996 36.02%
Write-In 114 0.46%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kiffmeyer is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Kiffmeyer raised a total of $897,269 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[7]

Mary Kiffmeyer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota Senate, District 30 Won $47,251
2010 Minnesota House, District 16B Won $26,236
2008 Minnesota House, District 16B Won $29,955
2006 Minnesota Secretary of State Defeated $219,391
2004 Minnesota Secretary of State Not up for election $89,087
2002 Minnesota Secretary of State Won $306,532
1998 Minnesota Secretary of State Won $178,817
Grand Total Raised $897,269

2012

Kiffmeyer won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kiffmeyer raised a total of $47,251.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Kiffmeyer's campaign in 2012
Mary Kiffmeyer House District 16B Committee$9,203
Public Fund$6,572
30th Senate District Republican Party of Minnesota$1,800
Minnesota Medical Association$750
Wright County Republican Party of Minnesota$750
Total Raised in 2012$47,251
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Kiffmeyer received $26,236 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Kiffmeyer's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$5,338
16B House District Rpm$2,200
Mary E Kiffmeyer Sec State Cmte$572
Doyle, Megan$500
Anderson, Barbara$500
Total Raised in 2010 $26,236

2008

Listed below is the largest contributor to Mary Kiffmeyer's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $6,896

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."[9]

2013

Kiffmeyer received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 9th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

2012

Kiffmeyer received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 9th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[11]

2011

Kiffmeyer received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 44th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [12]

Controversies

Riverview Community Bank Closure

In 2009, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) closed Riverview Community Bank, of which Kiffmeyer was an owner and director. According to the FDIC order to cease and desist, it was concluded that Riverview Community Bank "had engaged in unsafe and unsound banking practices and violations of law and/or regulation.” Among other citations, the FDIC also cited the bank had "operated with a board of directors that has failed to provide adequate supervision over and direction to the management of the Bank."[13] The FDIC said it estimates the cost to its insurance fund will be $20 million.[14]

"No courage" remark

In 2012, Kiffmeyer referred to fellow Republican State Representative John Kriesel as having "no courage" for not running for re-election in light of the Vikings Stadium vote.[15] Kriesel, a decorated Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, had announced earlier that he would not be running for re-election to spend more time with his wife and two young children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carla Nelson (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 30
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 16B
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Paul Torkelson (R)