Ted Lillie

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Ted Lillie
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Minnesota State Senate District 56
Former Member
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGustavus Adolphus College
Date of birthDecember 30, 1956
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Ted Lillie (b. December 30, 1956) is a former Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 56 from 2011 to 2013.

Ted and his cousin are third generation publishers of Lillie Suburban Newspapers, St. Paul's oldest and largest weekly newspaper publisher.

Lillie received his Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lillie served on these committees:



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Lillie ran re-election in District 53 for the Minnesota State Senate. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and was defeated by Susan Kent (D) in the general election on November 6.[1]

Minnesota State Senate, District 53, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Kent 52.2% 22,781
     Republican Ted Lillie Incumbent 47.8% 20,857
Total Votes 43,638


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Lillie had no opponent in the primary. He defeated incumbent Kathy Saltzman (DFL) in the general election.[2]

Minnesota State Senate, District 56 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ted Lillie (R) 19850 51.49%
Kathy Saltzman (DFL) 18668 48.43%
Write-In 31 0.08%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Lillie raised $49,905 in contributions.[3]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $13,375
Lillie, Ted H $5,500
56th Senate District RPM $2,500
6th Congressional District Republicans $2,000


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."[4]


Lillie received a score of 71% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 15th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[5]


Lillie received a score of 85% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 5th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[6]

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Lillie and his wife Lynne have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kathy Saltzman (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 56
Succeeded by
Dan Hall (R)