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Ryan Winkler
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 46A
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHarvard College, 1998
J.D.University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2001
Personal
BirthdayDecember 30, 1975
Place of birthBemidji, Minnesota
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ryan Winkler (b. December 30, 1975) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 46A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Winkler earned his A.B. in History from Harvard University and J.D. from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience includes working as General Counsel of Nazca Solutions, and an Associate with Smith Parker, Professional Limited Liability Partnership.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy
Elections
Government Operations
Higher Education Finance and Policy

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Ryan Winkler was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Timothy Manthey was unopposed in the Republican primary.[2][3]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Winkler won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 46A. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated John Swanson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 46A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Winkler Incumbent 66% 15,249
     Republican John Swanson 34% 7,860
Total Votes 23,109

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Winkler won re-election to the District 44B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Rick Rice (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ryan Winkler (DFL) 10,605 64,64%
Rick Rice (R) 5,788 35.28%
Write-In 14 0.09%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Ryan Winkler won election to the District 44B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Brad Kadue. [7]

Ryan Winkler raised $37,948 for his campaign.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ryan Winkler (DFL) 14,524 66.80%
Brad Kadue (R) 7,162 32.94%
Write-In 58 0.27%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Winkler is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Winkler raised a total of $124,246 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[9]

Ryan Winkler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 46A Won $27,831
2010 Minnesota State House, District 44B Won $26,676
2008 Minnesota State House, District 44B Won $37,948
2006 Minnesota State House, District 44B Won $31,791
Grand Total Raised $124,246

2012

Winkler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Winkler raised a total of $27,831.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ryan Winkler's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,573
Dayton, Eric J.$500
Mah Mah Wi No Min$500
Minneapolis Municipal Retirement Association$300
Haselow, Robert E.$250
Total Raised in 2012$27,831
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Winkler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Winkler raised a total of $26,676.

2008

Winkler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Winkler raised a total of $37,948.

2006

Winkler won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Winkler raised a total of $31,791.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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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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

Winkler received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 73rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[15]

2012

Winkler received a score of 14% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 94th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2011

Winkler received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 82nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [17]

Controversies

Comment on Clarence Thomas

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on June 25, 2013, Winkler posted a response on Twitter addressing Justice Clarence Thomas, who was part of the majority decision, as "Uncle Thomas," a play on the derogatory phrase 'Uncle Tom.' Winkler later deleted the tweet, apologizing for using what he called "a loaded term that is offensive to many."[18][19]

Personal

Winkler is married with two children. He was the founder of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Constitution Society, which he has also chaired, and has been a member of the American Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Saint Louis Park City Charter Commission.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Winkler
  2. Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
  3. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
  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's report on Winkler's 2008 campaign contributions
  9. Follow the Money, "Winkler, Ryan." 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
  18. KSTP, "Statement from Rep. Ryan Winkler on Controversial Tweet," June 25, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013
  19. KSTP, "Minn. Lawmaker Apologizes for 'Uncle Thomas' Tweet," June 25, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Nelson (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 46A
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 44B
2007–2013
Succeeded by
John Benson (DFL)