Michael Paymar

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Michael Paymar
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 64B
Incumbent
In office
1997 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Saint Scholastica
Master'sHamline University
Personal
BirthdayDecember 27, 1953
Place of birthDuluth, Minnesota
ProfessionResource Specialist, Battered Women's Justice Project
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Michael Paymar (b. December 27, 1953) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 64B. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. Paymar did not seek re-election in 2014.

Biography

Paymar earned his B.A. in Education/History from the College of Saint Scholastica, and M.P.A. from Hamline University. His professional experience includes working as a Resource Specialist at the Battered Women's Justice Project, Program Coordinator for the National Training Project, Consultant for the Open Society Institute, social worker and teacher.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Judiciary Finance and Policy
Public Safety Finance and Policy, Chair
Taxes
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Paymar served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Paymar's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Capital Investments

  • Excerpt: "The Legislature made strategic, targeted investments in high-priority; shovel-ready infrastructure improvements to maximize job creation impact and strengthen Minnesota's economy. It is estimated that the bonding bill will put over 10,000 people back to work."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Hopefully, with an improved economy and a new governor and reconstituted legislature we can make the hard budget choices, which will mean some increased revenues."

Health and Human Services

  • Excerpt: "We maintained [General Assistance Medical Care], so the very poor will have health insurance-not a perfect plan, but it was the best we could do with this Governor."

Public Safety and Guns

  • Excerpt: "As chair of the Public Safety Finance Division, I sought to preserve public safety which I believe is a core government function, despite having to cut an additional $36 million from our budget. This was on top of the cuts we already made in the first year of the biennium.... I was disappointed that my bill to plug the gun show loophole didn't pass out of a committee. The bill would have simply required that anyone purchasing a firearm at a gun show obtain a background check, just like if you were buying a weapon at a sporting goods store. A background check disqualifies felons, domestic abusers, and people with serious mental health problems from purchasing firearms. "

Environment, Energy and Natural Resources

  • Excerpt: "I was pleased with the huge commitment we made to environmental protection and our habitat with the revenue from the dedicated sale tax. We appropriated $26 million, with the majority going to land, habitat, and recreation. Significant investments were made for water resources, protection against invasive species, renewable energy and environmental education."

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Paymar will not seek re-election in the 2014 election.[3]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Paymar won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 64B. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Brandon Carmack (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 64B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Paymar Incumbent 72.3% 17,273
     Republican Brandon Carmack 27.7% 6,612
Total Votes 23,885

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Paymar won re-election to the District 64B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Andrew Smith (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 64B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Paymar (DFL) 12,209 69.39%
Andrew Smith (R) 5,369 30.52%
Write-In 16 0.09%

2008

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Michael Paymar won election to the District 64B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Emory Dively.[7]

Michael Paymar raised $30,664 for his campaign.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 64B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Paymar (DFL) 16,143 71.85%
Emory Dively (R) 6,284 27.97%
Write-In 41 0.18%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Paymar is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Paymar raised a total of $278,118 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[9]

Michael Paymar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 64B Won $20,478
2010 Minnesota State House, District 64B Won $22,941
2008 Minnesota State House, District 64B Won $30,664
2006 Minnesota State House, District 64B Won $31,235
2004 Minnesota State House, District 64B Won $27,782
2002 Minnesota State House, District 64B Won $22,518
2000 Minnesota State House, District 64B Won $23,640
1998 Minnesota State House, District 64B Won $66,108
1996 Minnesota State House, District 64B Won $32,752
Grand Total Raised $278,118

2012

Paymar won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Paymar raised a total of $20,478.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Paymar's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$9,411
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community$300
Education Minnesota$250
St. Paul Firefighters Local 21 PAC$250
SEIU Minnesota State Council$250
Total Raised in 2012$20,478
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Paymar won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Paymar raised a total of $22,941.

2008

Paymar won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Paymar raised a total of $30,664.

2006

Paymar won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Paymar raised a total of $31,235.

2004

Paymar won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Paymar raised a total of $27,782.

2002

Paymar won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Paymar raised a total of $22,518.

2000

Paymar won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Paymar raised a total of $23,640.

1998

Paymar won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Paymar raised a total of $66,108.

1996

Paymar won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Paymar raised a total of $32,752.

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."[10]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

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."[11]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[12]
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."[13]
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."[14]

2013

Paymar received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 88th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[15]

2012

Paymar received a score of 29% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 87th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2011

Paymar received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 88th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [17]

Personal

Paymar has two children. He has been a Board Member of ClearWay Minnesota, Eastern European Medical Society, Junior League of Saint Paul, and Scenic Minnesota.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Vote Smart, "Michael Paymar's Biography," accessed December 18, 2014
  2. The Paymar Volunteer Committee, "On the Issues," accessed December 18, 2014
  3. KMSP-TV, "Minnesota Rep. Michael Paymar will not seek re-election in 2014," November 20, 2013. Accessed November 25, 2013
  4. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  5. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  8. Follow the Money, "Paymar, Michael," accessed December 18, 2014
  9. Follow the Money, "Paymar, Michael." Retrieved July 17, 2013
  10. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  11. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  12. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  13. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  14. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  15. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  16. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 64B
1997–present
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