Jenifer Loon

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Jenifer Loon
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 48B
Incumbent
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sAugustana College, 1985
Personal
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jenifer Loon is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 48B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. In the 2013 legislative session, Loon served as Deputy Minority Leader; she previously served as Assistant Majority Leader.

Biography

Loon's professional experience includes working as Director of Government Affairs at ACA International, Director of Federal Legislation for Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington Representative of the Associated Builders and Contractors, and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Larry Pressler.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy
Rules and Legislative Administration
Taxes
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Loon's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Taxes and Spending

  • Excerpt: "Jenifer is a recognized leader on tax reform in Minnesota. She led the charge to repeal the Dayton/DFL income and small business tax increases. Jenifer fights passionately against wasteful spending and ineffective programs."

Education Reform

  • Excerpt: "Jenifer supports local control of our schools and the right of every parent to choose the best education for their children. She has fought top down mandates, like the federal Common Core academic standards, and demands accountability and results from our education dollars."

Smaller Government = More Freedom

  • Excerpt: "Whether it’s fighting against Met Council overreach, the expensive southwest corridor light rail project, forced unionization of day care providers, or other big government DFL schemes, we can count on Jenifer Loon to stand up for smaller government and our shared values of hard work, respect for taxpayers, and personal responsibility."

SWLRT

  • Excerpt: "Jenifer has asked the EP City council to recognize the proposed alignment of the SWLRT project is without a completed EIS, the significantly negative impact of the construction phase on Eden Prairie residents and businesses, and the overall long-term budgetary impact of this project. For these reasons Jenifer opposes this project, and urges opposition to granting municipal consent for the SWLRT."

2012

Loon's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Economic Vitality

  • Excerpt: "Private enterprise creates prosperity, government does not. Jenifer will work to assist small businesses and stimulate long-term job growth."

Education Quality

  • Excerpt: "Superior education for all children in a competitive global economy demands reliable funding, a challenging curriculum and results-oriented accountability."

Health Security

  • Excerpt: "Jenifer knows market-based reforms that protect patient choice and promote patient knowledge are the keys to affordable coverage and higher quality care. Empowering consumers is the most important thing state government can do to help."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jenifer Loon endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Elections

2014

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. Joan Howe-Pullis was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Jenifer Loon defeated Sheila Kihne in the Republican primary.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 48B Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJenifer Loon 60.6% 1,925
Sheila Kihne 39.4% 1,250
Total Votes 3,175

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Loon won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 48B. She was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Tori Hill (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 48B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Loon Incumbent 59% 12,787
     Democratic Tori Hill 41% 8,891
Total Votes 21,678

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Loon won re-election to the District 42B Seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Ray Daniels (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 42B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Ray Daniels (DFL) 5,651 32.35%
Green check mark transparent.png Jenifer Loon (R) 11,795 67.53%
Write-In 20 0.11%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Jenifer Loon won election to the District 42B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Jerry Pitzrick. [9]

Jenifer Loon raised $45,802 for her campaign.[10]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 42B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jenifer Loon (R) 13,452 57.28%
Jerry Pitzrick (DFL) 10,002 42.59%
Write-In 32 0.14%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Loon is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Loon raised a total of $116,539 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 13, 2013.[11]

Jenifer Loon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 48B Won $36,617
2010 Minnesota House, District 42B Won $34,120
2008 Minnesota House, District 42B Won $45,802
Grand Total Raised $116,539

2012

Loon won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Loon raised a total of $36,617.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jenifer Loon's campaign in 2012
42nd Senate District Republican Party of Minnesota$5,250
Public Fund$4,542
North Star SFAA-PAC$500
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$500
Faegre & Benson$500
Total Raised in 2012$36,617
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Loon received $34,120 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[12]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jenifer Loon's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$6,549
42nd Senate District Republican Party$1,000
3rd Congressional District Republican Party$750
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$500
Doane, Richard$500
Total Raised in 2010 $34,120

2008

Listed below are the three largest contributors to Loon's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $9,112
Jenifer Loon $3,000
42nd Senate District Republican Party $1,500

Scorecards

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2014

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."[13]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

2013

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."[14]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[15]
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."[16]
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."[17]

2013

Loon received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 18th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[18]

2012

Loon received a score of 86% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 26th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[19]

2011

Loon received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 40th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [20]

Personal

Loon is married with two children.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Loon
  2. Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed July 24, 2014
  3. "jeniferloon," Official Campaign Website
  4. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Minnesota Leaders," February 3, 2012
  5. Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  9. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  10. Follow the Money's report on Loon's 2008 campaign contributions
  11. Follow the Money, "Loon, Jenifer," accessed December 13, 2013
  12. Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
  13. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  14. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  15. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  16. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  20. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Abeler (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 48B
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 42B
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Jason Isaacson (DFL)