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Mary Sawatzky

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Mary Sawatzky
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 17B
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionSpecial education teacher
Office website
Mary Sawatzky is a Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 17B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education Policy
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs
Transportation Policy


Campaign themes


Sawatzky's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Excerpt: "I will work to create more jobs in our district"
  • Excerpt: "We need to support our schools for the future of Minnesota"
  • Excerpt: "I will be your voice for affordable healthcare"
  • Excerpt: "We need to invest in our roads and bridges"
  • Excerpt: "I will use common sense with a collaborative approach"



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sawatzky won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 17B. She defeated Jessica Rohloff in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated incumbent Bruce Vogel (R) and Zachary Liebl (Independence) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 17B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Sawatzky 48.3% 9,370
     Republican Bruce Vogel Incumbent 44.2% 8,562
     Independence Zachary Liebl 7.5% 1,457
Total Votes 19,389
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 17B Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Sawatzky 65.9% 1,994
Jessica Rohloff 34.1% 1,031
Total Votes 3,025

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sawatzky is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Sawatzky raised a total of $38,757 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[4]

Mary Sawatzky's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 17B Won $38,757
Grand Total Raised $38,757


Sawatzky won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sawatzky raised a total of $38,757.


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."[5]


Sawatzky received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 83rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Barrett (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 17B
Succeeded by