Jim Newberger

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Jim Newberger
Jim Newberger.jpg
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 15B
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Jim Newberger is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 15B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Public Safety Finance and Policy
Transportation Policy


Campaign themes


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

  • Excerpt: "Protect Life"
  • Excerpt: "Adhere to the Constitution"
  • Excerpt: "Work to reduce government growth and waste"
  • Excerpt: "Uphold our Constitutional liberties."
  • Excerpt: "Cut government spending."



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. Brian Johnson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Jim Newberger was unopposed in the Republican primary. Newberger defeated Johnson in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 15B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Newberger Incumbent 63.9% 9,166
     Democratic Brian Johnson 35.9% 5,154
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 17
Total Votes 14,337


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Newberger won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 15B. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Brian Johnson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 15B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Newberger 57.9% 11,414
     Democratic Brian Johnson 42.1% 8,316
Total Votes 19,730

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Newberger is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Newberger raised a total of $14,036 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[7]

Jim Newberger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 15B Won $14,036
Grand Total Raised $14,036


Newberger won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Newberger raised a total of $14,036.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Newberger's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,171
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$500
Michele PAC Minnesota$500
15B House District Republican Party of Minnesota$419
Tom Emmer Gov. Committee$300
Total Raised in 2012$14,036
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."[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]


Newberger received a score of 100% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 2nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
King Banaian (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 15B
2013- present
Succeeded by