Tama Theis

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Tama Theis
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 14A
In office
February 18, 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 electedFebruary 12, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Tama Theis is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 14A. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on February 12, 2013.

Committee assignments


Following her election to the House, Theis served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy
Government Operations
Higher Education Finance and Policy



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. Dan Wolgamott was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Tama Theis was unopposed in the Republican primary. Theis defeated Wolgamott in the general election.[1][2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 14A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTama Theis Incumbent 54.9% 7,292
     Democratic Dan Wolgamott 45% 5,972
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 18
Total Votes 13,282


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Theis won election in the special election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 14A. The seat was vacant following Steve Gottwalt's (R) resignation on January 7, 2013. While three Republicans had initially filed, Theis won the nod at a GOP convention and the other candidate dropped out.[4][5] Theis defeated Joanne Dorsher (D) and Todd McKee (I) in the special election on February 12.[6][7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 14A, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTama Theis 54.6% 2,670
     Democratic Joanne Dorsher 42.8% 2,091
     Independence Todd McKee 2.7% 130
Total Votes 4,891


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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]


Theis received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 41st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Preceded by
Tim O'Driscoll (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 14A
Succeeded by