Paul Torkelson

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Paul Torkelson
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16B
Incumbent
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Assistant Minority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sGustavus Adolphus College
Personal
ProfessionFarmer/Former Teacher
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul Torkelson is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 16B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. In the 2013 session, Torkelson served as an Assistant Majority Leader.

Biography

Torkelson is a farmer.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
Legacy
Rules and Legislative Administration

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

The Economy

  • Excerpt: "Jobs in the private sector are the backbone of our economy. Our government must maintain an economic and regulatory climate where businesses large and small are allowed to thrive."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Paul firmly believes that what is best for the students should be our first priority and that local control is an important ingredient for success."

Agriculture

  • Excerpt: "He understands that it is the strong ag economy that has been critical in supporting our state's economy in the economic downturn. Agriculture is especially important to rural Minnesota and Paul is actively engaged in a variety of issues and doing his best to support producers large and small."

Life Issues

  • Excerpt: "Paul has consistently supported the pro-life agenda by cosponsoring and voting for legislation that would strengthen protection of the unborn."

Voter ID

  • Excerpt: "Proving with a photo ID at the polling place that you are who you say you are and that you live where you say live is the best way to protect the integrity of our election system."

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. James Kanne was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Paul Torkelson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Torkelson defeated Kanne in the general election.[3][4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Torkelson Incumbent 64.9% 9,053
     Democratic James Kanne 34.9% 4,872
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 16
Total Votes 13,941

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Torkelson won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 16B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated James Kanne (D) and Pike Pagel (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Torkelson Incumbent 56.2% 11,243
     Democratic James Kanne 32.3% 6,466
     Independent Pike Pagel 11.5% 2,303
Total Votes 20,012

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Torkelson won re-election to the District 21B seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the August 10 primary. He also faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 21B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Paul Torkelson (DFL) 11,774 98.31%
Write-In 203 1.69%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Torkelson won election to the District 21B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Robert Skillings. [8]

Torkelson raised $33,638 for his campaign.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 21B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Torkelson (R) 9,111 51.43%
Robert Skillings (DFL) 8,586 48.47%
Write-In 17 0.10%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Torkelson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Torkelson raised a total of $85,196 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[10]

Paul Torkelson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 16B Won $35,958
2010 Minnesota State House, District 21B Won $15,600
2008 Minnesota State House, District 21B Won $33,638
Grand Total Raised $85,196

2012

Torkelson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Torkelson raised a total of $35,958.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Torkelson's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,023
Brown County RPM$2,000
Redwood County RPM$750
Doug Magnus House Dist. 22A$500
Minnesota Green Industry PAC$500
Total Raised in 2012$35,958
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Torkelson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Torkelson raised a total of $15,600.

2008

Torkelson won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Torkelson raised a total of $33,638.

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."[11]
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."[12]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[13]
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."[14]
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."[15]

2013

Torkelson received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 40th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2012

Torkelson received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 52nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2011

Torkelson received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 23rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [18]

Personal

Torkelson is married with two children. He has been a member of the Minnesota's Deer Hunters Association, Saint James Lions Club, and Governor Tim Pawlenty's Clean Water Council.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Kiffmeyer (R)
Minnesota State House District 16B
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 21B
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Steve Drazkowski (R)