Carolyn McElfatrick

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Carolyn McElfatrick
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 3B
Former Member
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMethodist-Kahler School of Nursing
Master'sMayo Clinic
ProfessionNurse (retired)
Office website
Campaign website
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Carolyn McElfatrick is a former Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 3B from 2011 to 2013.


Campaign themes

McElfatrick's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt:"It is not the duty of government to create jobs. It is the rightful role of government to stay out of the way and let the free market system do that."


  • Excerpt:"The process shouldn’t be complicated. Government needs to step back from heavy-handed taxation on small and large business and let incentive and ingenuity take over. Profit is re-invested, business grows, more jobs are created and everyone benefits."


  • Excerpt:"Our representative form of government depends on educated citizens. They must be prepared to understand the issues, be capable of researching candidates’ backgrounds and positions, and vote intelligently. A healthy economy depends on each successive generation to provide the manpower and skills to support existing industry and adapt to a changing world."


  • Excerpt:"Government should not destroy human dignity by perpetuating a lifestyle of unnecessary dependency. It is apparent that the system needs to be rebuilt, encouraging and supporting personal responsibility and a sense of self-worth while still addressing legitimate needs. "

Social Issues

  • Excerpt:"Believing that human life is precious and that it begins at fertilization, she is an active worker in the defense of life at all stages and in all conditions."

Committee assignments


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



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

McElfatrick ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 5B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 7 and was defeated by Tom Anzelc (D) in the general election on November 6.[2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 5B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Anzelc Incumbent 53.5% 11,162
     Republican Carolyn McElfatrick Incumbent 46.5% 9,707
Total Votes 20,869


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

McElfatrick won election to the District 3B seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Loren Solberg (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 3B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Loren Solberg (DFL) 8,107 48.73%
Green check mark transparent.png Carolyn McElfatrick (R) 8,516 51.18%
Write-In 15 0.09%

Campaign donors


In 2010, McElfatrick raised $21,207 in contributions.[5]

Her two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $3,925
Aitkin County RPM $1,500


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."[6]


McElfatrick received a score of 71% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 35th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[7]


McElfatrick received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 36th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [8]

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McElfatrick and her husband Robert have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Loren Solberg (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 3B
Succeeded by
Mary Murphy (DFL)