Michael Beard

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Michael Beard
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 55A
Former member
In office
2003 - 2015
PartyRepublican
Prior offices
Board Member, Minnesota Regional Transit Board
1993 – 1995
City Council, Shakopee City Council
1991 – 1995
Education
Bachelor'sBethany College of Missions, 1975
Personal
Date of birthJuly 22, 1953
Place of birthClearfield, Pennsylvania
ProfessionPublisher, Minnesota Christian Chronicle Newspaper
ReligionEvangelical Protestant
CandidateVerification
Michael Beard (b. July 22, 1953) is a former Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 55A from 2003 to 2015. Beard is a former Assistant Minority Whip. Beard did not seek re-election in 2014.

Beard served on the Minnesota Regional Transit Board from 1993 to 1995, and the Shakopee City Council from 1991 to 1995.

Biography

Beard's professional experience includes working as the publisher of the Minnesota Christian Chronicle, and Owner/Operator of the Macalester Park Public Company from 1987 to 1995.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy Policy
Transportation Finance
Transportation Policy
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Beard served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Beard won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 55A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Chuck Berg (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 55A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Beard Incumbent 54.7% 10,008
     Democratic Chuck Berg 45.3% 8,294
Total Votes 18,302

2008

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

On November 4, 2008, Beard won election to the District 35A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Sue Bruns. [3]

Michael Beard raised $34,535 for his campaign.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 35A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Beard (R) 15,431 55.04%
Sue Bruns (DFL) 12,553 44.77%
Write-In 54 0.19%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Beard is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Beard raised a total of $141,017 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[5]

Michael Beard's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 55A Won $28,059
2010 Minnesota State House, District 35A Won $19,733
2008 Minnesota State House, District 35A Won $34,535
2006 Minnesota State House, District 35A Won $24,216
2004 Minnesota State House, District 35A Won $20,755
2002 Minnesota State House, District 35A Won $13,719
Grand Total Raised $141,017

2012

Beard won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Beard raised a total of $28,059.

2010

Beard won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Beard raised a total of $19,733.

2008

Beard won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Beard raised a total of $34,535.

2006

Beard won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Beard raised a total of $24,216.

2004

Beard won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Beard raised a total of $20,755.

2002

Beard won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Beard raised a total of $13,719.

Scorecards

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2014

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."[6]
  • Legislators are scored on pro-life issues; committee, procedural and floor votes are counted.
  • Legislators are scored on seven business-related bills.
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
  • Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.

2013

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."[7]
  • Legislators are scored on pro-life issues; committee, procedural and floor votes are counted.
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[8]
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."[9]
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."[10]

2013

Beard received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 35th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[11]

2012

Beard received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 82nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[12]

2011

Beard received a score of 71% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 62nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [13]

Personal

Beard is married with four children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leon Lillie (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 55A
2013- 2015
Succeeded by
Bob Loonan (R)
Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 35A
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Jim Abeler (R)