Melissa Halvorson Wiklund

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Melissa Halvorson Wiklund
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Minnesota State Senate, District 50
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 1
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
Melissa Halvorson Wiklund is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 50. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Health, Human Services and Housing, Vice-chair
State and Local Government



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Wiklund won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 50. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Vern Wilcox (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Minnesota State Senate, District 50, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Halvorson Wiklund 61% 25,300
     Republican Vern Wilcox 39% 16,193
Total Votes 41,493

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wiklund is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Wiklund raised a total of $45,994 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[3]

Melissa Halvorson Wiklund's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 50 Won $45,994
Grand Total Raised $45,994


Wiklund won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Wiklund raised a total of $45,994.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Melissa Halvorson Wiklund's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$13,399
Wiklund, Melissa Halvorson$2,250
50th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,000
Mah Mah Wi No Min$1,400
Total Raised in 2012$45,994
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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."[4]
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."[5]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[6]
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."[7]
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."[8]


Wiklund received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 37th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Goodwin (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 50
2013- present
Succeeded by