|Minnesota State Senate, District 49|
|January 8, 2013 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Franzen served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Transportation and Public Safety|
Franzen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "I will work to stop the erosion of our education system by promoting innovation, strengthening science and technology education, and working together with teachers and the community so that every child can achieve his or her full potential."
Jobs and the Economy
- Excerpt: "I will support start-ups and entrepreneurs so they thrive in Minnesota. We must implement a simplified, transparent tax code and streamline the regulatory environment so that business can invest in Minnesota with confidence and predictability. "
Budget and Taxes
- Excerpt: "I will work for a budget that is balanced and sustainable over the long-term. I will also work to repair our complicated tax system."
Southwest Light Rail Transit
- Excerpt: "I support the development of the Southwest Light Rail Transit corridor. Light Rail is projected to create 60,000 new jobs along the corridor. The project has a broad base of support in the business community and by five local chambers of commerce."
- Excerpt: "I will work to move forward an implementation that puts the health and well-being of Minnesotans first. Access to affordable and quality health care, and cost-containment will be my focus."
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
Franzen won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 49. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Keith Downey (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Minnesota State Senate, District 49, General Election, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Franzen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Franzen raised a total of $114,622 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.
|Melisa Franzen's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota State Senate, District 49||$114,622|
|Grand Total Raised||$114,622|
2012Franzen won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Franzen raised a total of $114,622.
|Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Melisa Franzen's campaign in 2012|
|49th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party||$3,250|
|Elkins Steven (Steve) Senate Dist 41 Committee||$1,200|
|Friends Of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Women||$500|
|Committee Of Thirteen Legislative Fund||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$114,622|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
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- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
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- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
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- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
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- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
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- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Office website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- "melisafranzen," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 25, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Franzen, Melisa." Retrieved June 28, 2013
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
Michelle Benson (R)
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