Sean Nienow

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Sean Nienow
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Minnesota State Senate, District 32
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
2003-2007
Education
Bachelor'sNorthwestern College
Personal
BirthdayMarch 9, 1968
ProfessionIndependent Consultant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Sean R. Nienow (b. March 9, 1968) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Nienow previously served in the Senate from 2003 to 2007.

Biography

Nienow's professional experience includes working as a consultant and adviser.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Finance
Health, Human Services and Housing

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Generally speaking, I believe that we over-taxed and should not pursue more increases in taxes."

State Budget

  • Excerpt: "With responsible budgeting we can balance future budget without job-hindering tax increases, let businesses expand and grow jobs, and get the state back on the sound financial footing it was on when I first left the MN Senate in 2007- and left Minnesota with a $2 Billion budget Surplus!"

Jobs and Economic Growth

  • Excerpt: "Without employers there can’t be employees. We must create an employer-friendly environment to expand the Minnesota economy. We need to restructure our tax, regulation, permitting & licensing, and work to make get state bureaucracies in a supporting role for job creation rather than a barrier to job creation."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Our health care system needs dramatic changes to help improve service and reduce costs. We must reform medical malpractice system, which now mostly benefits trial lawyers. We need to open up free market competition so that more providers can compete offering better less-expensive options."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Our education system is in dire need of improvements and reform. We need more local control with less state involvement and fewer mandates. Equity in the convoluted and archaic funding formula is desperately needed, so that schools in other parts of Minnesota are not receiving upwards of twice as much per student as our local districts."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Sean Nienow endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Nienow won election in District 32 in 2012 due to redistricting. He was unopposed in the August 14 Republican primary and defeated Jeske Noordergraaf (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Nienow Incumbent 54.3% 21,955
     Democratic Jeske Noordergraaf 45.7% 18,450
Total Votes 40,405

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Nienow had no opponent in the primary. He defeated incumbent Rick Olseen (DFL) in the general election.[5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 17 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sean Nienow (R) 21171 56.01%
Rick Olseen (DFL) 16569 43.83%
Write-In 62 0.16%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nienow is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Nienow raised a total of $150,276 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[6]

Sean Nienow's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 32 Won $33,831
2010 Minnesota State Senate, District 17 Won $30,963
2006 Minnesota State Senate, District 17 Defeated $47,546
2004 Minnesota State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $9,395
2002 Minnesota State Senate, District 17 Won $28,541
Grand Total Raised $150,276

2012

Nienow won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nienow raised a total of $33,831.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sean Nienow's campaign in 2012
Nienow, Sean (also filed as Nienow, Sean R.)$7,210
Public Fund$6,301
Chisago County RPM$1,390
Chisago County Republicans$960
Freedom Club State PAC$500
Total Raised in 2012$33,831
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Nienow won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Nienow raised a total of $30,963.

2006

Nienow lost the election for the Minnesota State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Nienow raised a total of $47,546.

2004

Nienow was not up for election to the Minnesota in 2004. During that election cycle, Nienow raised a total of $9,395.

2002

Nienow won election to the Minnesota in 2002. During that election cycle, Nienow raised a total of $28,541.

Scorecards

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

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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."[7]
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."[8]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[9]
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."[10]
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."[11]

2013

Nienow received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 7th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[12]

2012

Nienow received a score of 71% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 14th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[13]

2011

Nienow received a score of 85% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 4th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[14]

Personal

Nienow and his wife, Cyndy, have six children.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Warren Limmer (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 32
February 2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Rick Olseen (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 17
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Lyle Koenen (DFL)