Carly Melin

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Carly Melin
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 6A
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
2013 - present
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedFebruary 15, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBemidji State University
J.D.Hamline University
BirthdayAugust 13, 1985
Office website
Campaign website
Carly Melin is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 6A. She was first elected to the chamber in the February 15, 2011 special election. The election was held to fill the seat vacated by Anthony Sertich (D), who resigned to serve as head of the Iron Range Resource Board.[1] In the 2013 legislative session, Melin served as an Assistant Majority Leader.


Melin earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science magna cum laude from Bemidji State University, and her J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law. Her professional experience includes working with the Minnesota State Judiciary on the Iron Range.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment
Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy
Judiciary Finance and Policy, Vice-chair
Rules and Legislative Administration


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


Campaign themes


Melin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Investing in our infrastructure keeps us competitive nationally and globally, while putting Minnesotans in the construction trades back to work."

Senior Citizens

  • Excerpt: "Our leading generation deserves the best in health care, good housing options, and access to services. It is their time to enjoy retirement, not to endure painful budget cuts to services they deserve."


  • Excerpt: "I will continue my advocacy for fair funding for our schools and targeted aid for new technology. Minnesotans deserve a world-class education no matter what corner of the state their school is located."

Mining and Natural Resources

  • Excerpt: "I support mining in Northeastern Minnesota. Our taconite mines are essential to our local and state economy, and are currently employing thousands of workers across the Iron Range."

Budget and Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Property taxes are one of the most regressive forms of taxation, and I will continue to fight to keep them low. Minnesotans deserve taxation that is fair and balanced."



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Carly Melin defeated John Finken in the Democratic primary. Roger Weber was unopposed in the Republican primary. Melin faces Weber in the general election.[3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 6A Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarly Melin Incumbent 80% 2,979
John Finken 20% 743
Total Votes 3,722


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Melin won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 6A. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 7 and defeated Roger Weber (R) in the general election on November 6.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 6A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarly Melin Incumbent 70.9% 14,589
     Republican Roger Weber 29.1% 5,989
Total Votes 20,578

2011 special election

Melin defeated Paul Jacobson (R) in the February 15 special election.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Melin is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Melin raised a total of $99,877 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[8]

Carly Melin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 6A Won $34,106
2011 Minnesota House, District 5B Won $65,771
Grand Total Raised $99,877


Melin won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Melin raised a total of $34,106.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carly Melin's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$5,698
6th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,500
Melin, Carly C.$2,000
Dicklich, Ronald R.$500
Total Raised in 2012$34,106
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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."[9]
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."[10]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[11]
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."[12]
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."[13]


Melin received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 97th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[14]


Melin received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 121st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[15]


Melin received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 119th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [16]


Residency challenge

Ahead of the February 15, 2011, special election, the Minnesota GOP challenged Melin's residency, claiming she was ineligible to run.[17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Dill (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 6A
2013- present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Anthony Sertich (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 5B
Succeeded by
Tom Anzelc (DFL)