Terri Bonoff

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Terri Bonoff
Minnesota State Senate, District 44
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 9
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 22, 2005
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sClark University
BirthdayAugust 1, 1957
ProfessionVP, Marketing (retired)
Office website
Campaign website
Terri E. Bonoff (b. August 1, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 44. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election in November 2005.


Bonoff earned her bachelor's degree from Clark University in 1979 with her bachelor's degree. Now retired, her professional experience includes working as a marketing professional.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education and Workforce Development, Chair
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development


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


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


Campaign themes


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

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Senator Bonoff is taking aggressive steps to reform the tax code. Expanding the base of the sales tax and removing unfair tax loopholes can help improve the tax climate for businesses while protecting homeowners and ensuring a stable revenue stream moving forward."


  • Excerpt: "Crafting a world-class education system requires a comprehensive approach, beginning with our youngest learners and continuing through high school and post-secondary education."

Reforming the Business of Government

  • Excerpt: "In facing our ongoing budget challenges and changing demographics, one thing becomes clear. We must learn to do more, and better, with less. As more and more Minnesotans enter retirement age and leave the workforce, revenues are projected to decline just as demand increases for state services. This presents a challenge to our state that we can and must overcome."

Balancing the Budget

  • Excerpt: "I believe we should be employing a zero based budgeting process to identify areas of excellence, redundance and waste."

Energy and the Environment

  • Excerpt: "Our energy policy must reflect a balanced and thoughtful approach that protects our planet, makes energy affordable and accessible and allows us to have energy security and independence."



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Bonoff won election in District 44 in 2012 due to redistricting. She was unopposed in the August 14 Democratic primary and defeated David Gaither (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerri Bonoff Incumbent 55.9% 27,203
     Republican David Gaither 44.1% 21,464
Total Votes 48,667


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Bonoff won re-election to the 43rd District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Norann Dillon ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 43 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Terri Bonoff (DFL) 18271 51.74%
Norann Dillon (R) 17018 48.19%
Write-In 22 0.06%


On November 7, 2006, Bonoff won re-election to the 43rd District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Judy Johnson (R).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 43 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Terri Bonoff (DFL) 19,159 51.93%
Judy Johnson (R) 17,697 47.96%
Write-In 41 0.11%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bonoff is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Bonoff raised a total of $253,808 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 20, 2013.[5]

Terri Bonoff's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota Senate, District 44 Won $95,972
2010 Minnesota Senate, District 43 Won $77,516
2008 Minnesota Senate, District 43 Not up for election $7,235
2006 Minnesota Senate, District 43 Won $73,085
Grand Total Raised $253,808


Bonoff won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bonoff raised a total of $95,972.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Terri Bonoff's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$13,523
44th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New$1,250
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$500
Pesis, James$500
Committee of Automotive Retailers$500
Total Raised in 2012$95,972
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Bonoff received $77,516 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Terri Bonoff's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$15,734
43rd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,700
6th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,000
39th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$750
Keetley, Joan C$500
Total Raised in 2010 $77,516


In 2006, Bonoff collected $73,085 in donations.[7]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $16,452
43rd Senate District DFL $2,500
Minnesota DFL Party $1,353
Lockridge Grindal Nauen & Holstein $650
Minnesota Women's Campaign Fund $500


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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]


Bonoff received a score of 15% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 30th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[13]


Bonoff received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 40th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[14]


Bonoff received a score of 31% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 39th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[15]


Bonoff and her husband, Matthew Knopf, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Latz (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 44
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 43
Succeeded by
Charles Wiger (DFL)