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Zach Dorholt

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Zach Dorholt
Zachary Dorholt.jpg
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 14B
Former member
In office
January 8, 2013 - January 6, 2015
Zachary "Zach" Dorholt is a former Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 14B from 2013 to 2015.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations
Higher Education Finance and Policy, Vice-chair
Transportation Policy


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "I will fully support our institutions of higher education, one of the best investments Minnesota has ever made"

E-12 Education

  • Excerpt: "Investing in education is the financially smart choice. We invest now or we pay more in the future. It is time to stop borrowing from our children’s future with cheap budget gimmicks that wreak havoc on our school districts and leave them at the mercy of levies."

Higher Education

  • Excerpt: "An affordable education needs to be accessible to every student who chooses to pursue higher learning. Rising college tuition forces students to choose: food and rent, or books and tuition."

Jobs, Community Development, Economy

  • Excerpt: "Making Minnesota work will take a team effort. Small businesses in our communities often struggle with regulations, and have difficulty providing quality health insurance to their employees."


  • Excerpt: "I will work toward a budget that develops our long-term needs and does not take out a loan on our children’s future."



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. Incumbent Zach Dorholt was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jim Knoblach was unopposed in the Republican primary. Knoblach defeated Dorholt in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 14B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Knoblach 50.2% 5,674
     Democratic Zach Dorholt Incumbent 49.5% 5,605
     Write-in Write-in 0.3% 35
Total Votes 11,314


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dorholt won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 14B. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated incumbent King Banaian (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 14B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngZach Dorholt 56.4% 10,017
     Republican King Banaian Incumbent 43.6% 7,749
Total Votes 17,766

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dorholt is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Dorholt raised a total of $34,111 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[7]

Zach Dorholt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 14B Won $28,830
2010 Minnesota State House, District 15B Defeated $5,281
Grand Total Raised $34,111


Dorholt won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dorholt raised a total of $28,830.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Zach Dorholt's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,807
14th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$3,250
Matt Christensen House Dist. 35A Committee$750
Minn. Police & Peace Officers Assoc. Leg. Fund$500
Electrical Workers Local 292$500
Total Raised in 2012$28,830
Source:Follow the Money


Dorholt lost the election for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Dorholt raised a total of $5,281.


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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to

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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]


Dorholt received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 122nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Hosch (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 14B
Succeeded by
Jim Knoblach (R)