Sandra Pappas

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Sandra Pappas
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Minnesota State Senate, District 65
Incumbent
In office
1991 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President, Minnesota State Senate
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1990
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
1986 - 1991
Education
Bachelor'sMetropolitan State University
Master'sHarvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Personal
BirthdayJune 15, 1949
Place of birthHibbing, Minnesota
ProfessionArts Organizer/College Instructor
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Sandra L. Pappas (b. June 15, 1949) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 65. She was first elected to the chamber in 1990. Pappas began serving as President of the Senate in the 2013 legislative session. Pappas is a former Senate President Pro Tempore.

Pappas served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1986 to 1991. In 1997, she was a candidate for Mayor of St. Paul.

Biography

Pappas attended the University of Minnesota from 1967 to 1969. She earned her B.A. from Metropolitan State University in 1986, and her M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1994. Her professional experience includes working as a Communications Specialist for West 7th Communications Center, employee at the Noble Birth Resource Center and Retail Store, instructor at Metropolitan State University, organizer for the Community Programs in the Arts, and community faculty at Metropolitan State University.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment
Commerce
Finance
Rules and Administration
State and Local Government, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Pappas won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 65. She defeated Marcus Walker in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Rick Karschnia (R) in the general election on November 6.[1][2]

Minnesota State Senate, District 65, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Pappas Incumbent 82% 27,365
     Republican Rick Karschnia 18% 5,998
Total Votes 33,363
Minnesota State Senate, District 65 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Pappas Incumbent 76.8% 2,505
Marcus Walker 23.2% 756
Total Votes 3,261

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Pappas won re-election to the 65th District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Rick Karschnia ran for the seat on the Republican ticket and Amy Smith ran for the Independence Party. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 65 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sandra Pappas (DFL) 13312 71.92%
Rick Karschnia (R) 3490 18.86%
Amy Smith (I) 1680 9.08%
Write-In 27 0.15%

2006

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Pappas won re-election to the 65th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating opponents Lori Windels (R) and Bill Dahn (I).[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 65 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sandra Pappas (DFL) 14,866 75.92%
Lori Windels (R) 3,308 16.89%
Bill Dahn (I) 1,361 6.95%
Write-In 47 0.24%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pappas is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Pappas raised a total of $217,715 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 29, 2013.[4]

Sandra Pappas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 65 Won $35,752
2010 Minnesota State Senate, District 65 Won $38,133
2008 Minnesota State Senate, District 65 Not up for election $16,558
2006 Minnesota State Senate, District 65 Won $37,807
2004 Minnesota State Senate, District 65 Not up for election $9,591
2002 Minnesota State Senate, District 65 Won $14,307
2000 Minnesota State Senate, District 65 Won $32,004
1996 Minnesota State Senate, District 65 Won $33,563
Grand Total Raised $217,715

2012

Pappas won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pappas raised a total of $35,752.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sandra Pappas's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$13,218
Pappas For Senate$906
Committee Of Thirteen Legislative Fund$500
IFO PAC Fund (Inter Faculty Organization)$500
Teamsters Local 120 Drive$500
Total Raised in 2012$35,752
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pappas won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Pappas raised a total of $38,133.

2008

Pappas was not up for election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Pappas raised a total of $16,558.

2006

Pappas won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Pappas raised a total of $37,807.

2004

Pappas was not up for election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Pappas raised a total of $9,591.

2002

Pappas won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Pappas raised a total of $14,307.

2000

Pappas won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Pappas raised a total of $32,004.

1996

Pappas won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Pappas raised a total of $33,563.

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."[5]
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."[6]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[7]
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."[8]
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."[9]

2013

Pappas received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 48th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

2012

Pappas received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 59th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[11]

2011

Pappas received a score of 15% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 43rd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[12]

Personal

Pappas and her husband, Neal Gosman, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Minnesota State Senate District 65
1991–present
Succeeded by
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