Matt Schmit

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Matt Schmit
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Minnesota State Senate, District 21
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
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
Office website
Matt Schmit is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment
Environment and Energy
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development, Vice-chair


Campaign themes


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

Reduce property taxes

  • Excerpt: "Matt understands that the state budget cannot be balanced on the backs of homeowners and businesses. He will work to make our communities stronger and bring property taxes down for all Minnesotans."

Advocate for Minnesota’s small business

  • Excerpt: "Small business is the engine of Minnesota’s economy. Matt supports policies to help small business start-up and grow, creating well-paying jobs for area families. He will work to keep these businesses successful – here in Minnesota."

Promote world-class education

  • Excerpt: "Matt opposed the Legislature's insistence on "borrowing" over $2 billion from our schools. He supports investments in education to ensure all children are ready for the jobs of the 21st century."

Grow jobs

  • Excerpt: "Reduce property taxes; skyrocketing property tax increases hurt our businesses. He'll work to reduce property taxes and pursue smart tax reform"

Protect our natural resources

  • Excerpt: "As an avid outdoorsman and lifelong resident of Southeast Minnesota, Matt's inspired by the region's rugged bluffs, winding trout streams, and rich farmland - not to mention our defining resource, the Mississippi River."



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Schmit won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 21. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated incumbent John Howe (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Dahle 52.5% 21,937
     Republican Mike Dudley Incumbent 47.5% 19,846
Total Votes 41,783

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schmit is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Schmit raised a total of $60,526 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[4]

Matt Schmit's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 21 Won $60,526
Grand Total Raised $60,526


Schmit won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Schmit raised a total of $60,526.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matt Schmit's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,325
Matt Schmit$5,000
3rd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,000
Senate District 21 DFL$1,550
SE MN Area Labor$500
Total Raised in 2012$60,526
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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."[5]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.


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."[6]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[7]
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."[8]
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."[9]


Schmit received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 45th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gary Dahms (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 21
2013- present
Succeeded by