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Raymond Dehn
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 59B
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
Office website
Raymond Dehn is a Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 59B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment
Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs
Transportation Finance


Campaign themes


Dehn's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Proposed State Constitutional Amendments

  • Excerpt: "I believe we need to vigorously oppose these amendments, work to keep discrimination out of our constitution, and make sure that not a single voter is disenfranchised through an unnecessary rule requiring voter ID. Let’s get to work on making our state better and stronger."

Jobs and the Green Economy

  • Excerpt: "The green economy has the opportunity to place many low-skilled, highly-skilled and all workers between in new jobs on a ladder toward success. These are living wage jobs that are vital to so many families and provide future promotional opportunities as well. We have the chance to create new industries and provide new skills for many who are underemployed, if we are willing to invest in green technologies, green building retrofits, and related education and training."


  • Excerpt: "All children in Minnesota should have access to educational opportunities that provide a foundation for future success as teenagers and adults. If we don’t make investments early in the lives of our children, we will certainly pay the price later. Moreover, early childhood development and quality education need to be the cornerstones of a comprehensive public safety or social service program."

Public Safety/Criminal Justice System

  • Excerpt: "Everyone should feel safe in their own neighborhood. Additionally, they should also feel safe in other neighborhoods. Public safety begins with a justice system that is fair, equitable and most importantly applied equally to all citizens of Minnesota. Only then will our communities be truly safe."


  • Excerpt: "While the debate on healthcare continues at the national level it is important to remember that we as a State do not need to wait for the Congress to intact changes to the system, we can do that now at the state level. In the state of Minnesota, all people should have access to quality affordable healthcare."

Community and Business Development

  • Excerpt: "Our neighborhoods in North Minneapolis have been devastated by the downturn in the housing market, the mortgage foreclosure crisis and the May 22nd tornado that impacted 1000’s of homes. Not only have many families and individuals been displaced, but many homes have fallen into disrepair. If we do not act swiftly, the loss of these houses and families will have a prolonged negative impact on our community.... North Minneapolis needs to have a viable commercial corridor as well. Broadway needs a focused effort similar to what happened when the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and private developers came together at Chicago and Lake Street. Until we do, all the great redevelopment efforts that we see today, such as 1101 Broadway, the Capri Theater and development along Lowry may fall short."


  • Excerpt: "For far too long the Northside of Minneapolis has been underserved by public transportation. In many areas of North Minneapolis it is imperative that residents have transportation options to provide access to employment, food and needed services.... Beyond the lack of transportation options for residents of the Northside, we also need to consider the current hiring practices of MNDOT."



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. Incumbent Raymond Dehn was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Margaret Martin was unopposed in the Republican primary. Dehn defeated Martin in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 59B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaymond Dehn Incumbent 78.1% 8,671
     Republican Margaret Martin 21.4% 2,378
     Write-in Write-in 0.5% 54
Total Votes 11,103


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dehn won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 59B. He defeated Terra Cole and Ian Alexander in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Gary Mazzotta (R) and Anthony Hilton (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 59B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaymond Dehn 72.8% 12,790
     Republican Gary Mazzotta 19.1% 3,346
     Independent Anthony Hilton 8.1% 1,423
Total Votes 17,559
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 59B Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRaymond Dehn 37.1% 877
Terra Cole 36.3% 857
Ian Alexander 26.6% 627
Total Votes 2,361

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dehn is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Dehn raised a total of $26,582 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[7]

Raymond Dehn's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 59B Won $26,582
Grand Total Raised $26,582


Dehn won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dehn raised a total of $26,582.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Raymond Dehn's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$6,346
Dehn, Raymond$1,000
Briggs, Dee$500
Committee of Thirteen$500
Abramowitz, Aru$500
Total Raised in 2012$26,582
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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."[8]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.


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."[9]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[10]
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."[11]
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."[12]


Dehn received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 124th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Preceded by
Phyllis Kahn (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 59B
Succeeded by