Rena Moran

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Rena Moran
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 65A
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University
ProfessionCommunity organizer
Office website
Campaign website
Rena Moran is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 65A. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Moran earned her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University. Her professional experience includes working a Parent Leader Coordinator with Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, and lead organizer with Urban Embassy.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy
Education Finance
Health and Human Services Finance
Health and Human Services Policy, Vice-chair
Housing Finance and Policy


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "Rena plans to create jobs for community members and help get Minnesotans back to work. Having gone through periods of trying to raise her family on a minimum wage job, Rena understands the importance of creating and protecting family-sustaining wage jobs."


  • Excerpt: "Rena believes that every child in Minnesota deserves a great education, regardless of where they live and will fight to give urban school children the same quality of education that their peers in affluent suburbs receive."


  • Excerpt: "Rena supports a single-payer, universal healthcare system."

Public Safety and Justice

  • Excerpt: "We all deserve safe neighborhoods and a sense of peace as we go about our daily lives. Our law enforcement deserves the support of our full community. It is an incredible responsibility to keep us safe and protect our neighborhoods in the face of real danger. "

Public Transportation

  • Excerpt: "Public transportation is the wave of the future. It is environmentally friendly, reduces congestion, creates jobs and spurs local development."



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. Rena Moran was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Anthony Meschke was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lena Buggs ran as a Green Party candidate. Moran defeated Meschke and Buggs in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Moran won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 65A. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Daniel Lipp (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 65A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRena Moran Incumbent 84.7% 13,263
     Republican Daniel Lipp 15.3% 2,387
Total Votes 15,650


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Moran won election to the District 65A seat in 2010. She defeated Democratic candidate Jeremiah Ellis in the August 10 Democratic primary. She defeated Paul Holmgren (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 65A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rena Moran (DFL) 5,149 79.31%
Paul Holmgren (R) 1,313 20.22%
Write-In 30 0.46%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Moran is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Moran raised a total of $58,952 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 14, 2013.[6]

Rena Moran's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 65A Won $23,841
2010 Minnesota House, District 65A Won $35,111
Grand Total Raised $58,952


Moran won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Moran raised a total of $23,841.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rena Moran's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$6,500
Emily's List$500
Friends of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Women$500
Building Trades C1$300
Total Raised in 2012$23,841
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Moran raised $35,111 in contributions.[7]

Her largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $6,551 to her campaign.


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]


Moran received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 95th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]


Moran received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 120th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[14]


Moran received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 93rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [15]


Moran and her husband, John Stewart, have seven children.

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Preceded by
Cy Thao (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 65A
Succeeded by