|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 60B|
|1973 - present|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||41|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 7, 1972|
|Master's||Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government|
|Birthday||March 23, 1937|
|Place of birth||Brooklyn, New York|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Endorsements
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Kahn earned her B.A. in Physics from Cornell University, M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Ph.D. in Biophysics from Yale University. Her professional experience includes working as a Genetics Research Associate at the University of Minnesota from 1965 to 1974.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kahn served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance|
|• Government Operations|
|• Legacy, Chair|
|• State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kahn served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• State Government Finance|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kahn served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections|
|• Ways and Means|
Kahn's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
- Excerpt: "I will fight for strengthening our Minnesota tradition of Clean, Fair, and Transparent Elections by insuring the broadest participation possible."
- Excerpt: "I will fight for economic justice for all workers protecting the right to form and join unions and strengthening the middle class."
- Excerpt: "I will fight for investing in all children's education from pre-K through grade 12."
- Excerpt: "I will fight for ensuring Reproductive Freedom, Civil Rights and Liberties. Equal rights and equal opportunity must be a guiding principle in a 21st Century Minnesota."
- Excerpt: "I will fight for increasing access to effective Health Services for all people."
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 Phyllis Kahn defeated Mohamud Noor in the Democratic primary. Abdimalik Askar defeated Abdulkarim Mohamed Godah in the Republican primary. Kahn then defeated Askar in the general election.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 60B General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Phyllis Kahn Incumbent||76.9%||7,908|
Khan won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 60B. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Kody Zalewski (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 60B, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Phyllis Kahn Incumbent||78.6%||12,472|
Kahn won re-election to the District 59B seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Ole Hovde (R), Dan Craigie (G) and Ron Lischeid (Independence Party of Minnesota) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 59B (2010)|
|Phyllis Kahn (DFL)||7,353||66.97%|
|Ole Hovde (R)||2,074||18.89%|
|Dan Craigie (G)||1,035||9.43%|
Kahn raised $37,460 for her campaign.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 59B (2008)|
|Phyllis Kahn (DFL)||12,037||66.98%|
|Ole Hovde (R)||4,463||24.84%|
|Ron Lischeid (I)||1,393||7.75%|
Comprehensive donor information for Kahn is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Kahn raised a total of $232,206 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 14, 2013.
|Phyllis Kahn's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota House, District 60B||$21,363|
|2010||Minnesota House, District 59B||$26,032|
|2008||Minnesota House, District 59B||$37,460|
|2006||Minnesota House, District 59B||$29,498|
|2004||Minnesota House, District 59B||$24,852|
|2002||Minnesota House, District 59B||$20,933|
|2000||Minnesota House, District 59B||$27,954|
|1998||Minnesota House, District 59B||$16,520|
|1996||Minnesota House, District 59B||$27,594|
|Grand Total Raised||$232,206|
2012Kahn won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kahn raised a total of $21,363.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Phyllis Kahn's campaign in 2012|
|Minneapolis Fire Fighters Relief Association||$500|
|Committee of Thirteen Legislative Fund||$500|
|Minneapolis Federation of Teachers-Local 59 Political Fund||$500|
|Friends of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Women MN||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$21,363|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Kahn received $26,032 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Phyllis Kahn's campaign in 2010|
|Minneapolis Police Relief Association||$1,000|
|Minnesota Teachers Retirement Association||$500|
|Minneapolis Federation Of Teachers Local 59||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$26,032|
Listed below is the largest contributor to Kahn's 2008 campaign.
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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
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."
Kahn has been a member of the American Association for Advancement of Science, American Youth Hostel Association, Association of Non-Smokers, League of American Cyclists, Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists, Minnesota Distance Running Association, National Organization for Women, Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
In 2009, Governing magazine named Kahn as one of eight "Public Officials of the Year" for her legislative record, particularly her work on women's rights. Other honorees included Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed. In 1994, Governing began its program of selecting a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program was started to "[recognize] leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."
In 2014, Kahn's endorsements included the following:
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- Office website
- Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Phyllis Kahn on Facebook
- Phyllis Kahn on Twitter
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Project Vote Smart "Biography of Rep. Kahn," accessed August 11, 2014
- Official campaign website, "Vision," accessed July 24, 2014
- 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 "Report on Kahn's 2008 campaign contributions," accessed August 11, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Kahn, Phyllis," accessed December 14, 2013
- Follow the Money "2010 Campaign contributions," accessed August 11, 2014
- 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
- Governing, "Eyes on the Goal," accessed August 11, 2014
- Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
- Official campaign website, "Endorsements," accessed July 24, 2014
Frank Hornstein (DFL)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 60B
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 59B
| Succeeded by|
Raymond Dehn (DFL)
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