Matthew Klein

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Matthew Klein
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 40
Incumbent
In office
1992 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 22
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Personal
ProfessionEngineering Consultant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Matthew M. Klein is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Biography

Klein earned his B.S.E.E. from North Dakota State University. He later attended graduate courses at the University of Southern California and the University of California-Los Angeles. His professional experience includes working as an engineering consultant. He served in the United States Air Force.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance and Taxation
Political Subdivisions

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Klein served on the following committee:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Klein served on the following committee:

Elections

2012

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Klein ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota House District 40. Klein and fellow incumbent Robert Frantsvog were nominated by write-in during the Republican primary on June 12. They defeated Sue Olafson and Louis Pinkerton in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Note: As of April 24, no Republican candidates had qualified for the ballot in District 40. Incumbents Klein and Frantsvog did not file the proper paperwork before the filing deadline. Ultimately, Klein and Frantsvog earned the Republican nomination by each receiving at least 143 write-in votes in the June 12 primary.[4][5]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 40 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Frantsvog Incumbent 27.3% 2,064
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Klein Incumbent 27.1% 2,045
     Democratic Louis Pinkerton 24.6% 1,861
     Democratic Sue Olafson 20.9% 1,582
Total Votes 7,552

2008

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Klein won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 40 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[6]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 40
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Klein (R) 2,019
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Frantsvog (R) 1,957
Sue Olafson (D-NPL) 1,858
Ben Scheeler (D-NPL) 1,735

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Klein is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Klein raised a total of $13,648 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[7]

Matthew Klein's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State House, District 40 Won $5,450
2010 North Dakota State House, District 40 Not up for election $0
2008 North Dakota State House, District 40 Won $6,000
2006 North Dakota State House, District 40 Not up for election $0
2004 North Dakota State House, District 40 Won $1,998
2000 North Dakota State House, District 40 Won $0
1998 North Dakota State House, District 47 Won $200
Grand Total Raised $13,648

2012

Klein won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Klein raised a total of $5,450.
North Dakota State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matthew Klein's campaign in 2012
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
Coughlin, John$1,000
Minot Area Republican Council$1,000
Minot Area Republican Women$500
North Dakota Petroleum Council$350
Total Raised in 2012$5,450
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Klein won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2008. During that election cycle, Klein raised a total of $6,000.

2004

Klein won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Klein raised a total of $1,998.

1998

Klein won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 1998. During that election cycle, Klein raised a total of $200.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[8] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[9] Klein received a score of 51.81% on policy legislation and voted against 5.99% of state spending. Klein was ranked 42nd on policy and 32nd on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[10]

Personal

Klein and his wife, Isabell, have six children. They currently reside in Minot, North Dakota.[1]

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