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John Hoffman (Minnesota)

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John Hoffman
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Minnesota State Senate, District 36
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
John A. Hoffman is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hoffman served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2015
Environment and Energy, Vice Chair
Health, Human Services and Housing


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Energy, Vice-chair
Health, Human Services and Housing


Campaign themes


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

Budget (State)

  • Excerpt: "We need long term structural stability in our budgeting policy, not bogus “budget balancing” with one time quick fixes we have seen in recent Legislatures."

Constitutional Amendments

  • Excerpt: "To constitutionally limit civil rights through an amendment is unprecedented and wrong. The amendment proposal passed last year and those to be heard this session have no merit. John opposes them."


  • Excerpt: "John will fight against any more unfunded mandates and will continue to insist on local control of our schools through elected school boards. Education is a civil right, it creates equal access and equal opportunity for every student."

Paying Back the School Shifts

  • Excerpt: "Billions of dollars have been borrowed from our schools. This debt needs to be paid back honestly."


  • Excerpt: "I call for real efforts to create good-paying and sustainable jobs for the hard working people of Minnesota."



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Hoffman ran in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 36. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated incumbent Benjamin Kruse (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hoffman 53.2% 22,194
     Republican Benjamin Kruse Incumbent 46.8% 19,522
Total Votes 41,716

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hoffman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hoffman raised a total of $55,924 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[4]

John Hoffman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 36 Won $55,924
Grand Total Raised $55,924


Hoffman won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hoffman raised a total of $55,924.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Hoffman (Minnesota)'s campaign in 2012
Public Fund$10,534
Hoffman, John$5,000
3rd Senate District DFL New$2,000
36th Senate District DFL New$1,200
DFL Senate Caucus$700
Total Raised in 2012$55,924
Source: Follow the Money


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

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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.

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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."[5]
  • Legislators are scored on pro-life issues; committee, procedural and floor votes are counted.
  • Legislators are scored on seven business-related bills.
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
  • Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.


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."[6]
  • Legislators are scored on pro-life issues; committee, procedural and floor votes are counted.
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[7]
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."[8]
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."[9]


Hoffman received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 55th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Thompson (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 36
Succeeded by