|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 40A|
|2003 - present|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||11|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Other||Hennepin Technical College (1974)|
|Birthday||June 2, 1954|
|Place of birth||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Nelson's professional experience includes working as a carpenter.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Government Operations, Chair|
|• Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries|
|• State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Commerce and Regulatory Reform|
|• Government Operations and Elections|
|• Transportation Policy and Finance|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections|
|• Ways and Means|
Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Michael Nelson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Chuck Sutphen was unopposed in the Republican primary. Nelson defeated Sutphen in the general election.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 40A General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Michael Nelson Incumbent||64.9%||5,711|
Nelson won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 35B. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Kathy Lohmer in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 46A (2010)|
|Michael Nelson (DFL)||5,043||58.66%|
|Chuck Sutphen (R)||3,546||41.25%|
Nelson raised $24,083 for his campaign.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 46A (2008)|
|Michael Nelson (DFL)||9,275||65.94%|
|Gene Lotts (R)||4,730||33.63%|
Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $144,120 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 13, 2013.
|Michael Nelson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota House, District 40A||$14,079|
|2010||Minnesota House, District 46A||$24,484|
|2008||Minnesota House, District 46A||$24,083|
|2006||Minnesota House, District 46A||$25,113|
|2004||Minnesota House, District 46A||$31,936|
|2002||Minnesota House, District 46A||$24,425|
|Grand Total Raised||$144,120|
2012Nelson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $14,079.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Michael Nelson's campaign in 2012|
|40th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New||$1,000|
|Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 539||$500|
|Teamsters Local 120||$500|
|Letter Carriers Local 9||$500|
|Minneapolis Municipal Retirement Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$14,079|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Nelson received $24,484 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Michael Nelson's campaign in 2010|
|46th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party||$4,100|
|Carpenters Local 1644||$500|
|North Central States Regional Council Of Carpenters & Joiners||$500|
|Minneapolis Municipal Retirement Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$24,484|
Listed below are the two largest contributors to Michael Nelson's 2008 campaign.
|46th Senate District Democrat-Farmer-Labor||$4,150|
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- 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."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
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Nelson is married with three children.
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- Office website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Nelson
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Results," accessed November 4, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
- Follow the Money's report on Nelson's 2008 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money, "Nelson, Michael," accessed December 13, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- 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
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Pam Myhra (R)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 40A
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 46A
| Succeeded by|
Ryan Winkler (DFL)
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