John Howe

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John Howe
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Candidate for
Minnesota Secretary of State
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota State Senate District 28
2011 - 2013
Bachelor'sSt. Cloud State University
ProfessionStore Owner, Sears
Office website
Campaign website
John Howe was a Republican candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.[1]

Howe is a former Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 28 from 2011 to 2013. John was elected Mayor of Red Wing, Minnesota in 2008.


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Howe earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University. Howe has also owned a Sears store and worked as a corrections officer.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes

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

Reducing Government's Footprint

  • Excerpt:"No matter what the issue, the principle of Reducing Government's Footprint guides John in his decision making. He understands that every government rule and regulation takes away a little bit of our personal freedom and liberty, and he studies every issue with that in mind. "

Taxes and Spending

  • Excerpt:"A member of the Senate Taxes committee, John understands that the problem with Minnesota's taxes is not that they are too low."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt:"As a small business owner and entrepreneur, John understands that economic growth and good private sector jobs are created when the private sector is allowed to flourish."


  • Excerpt:"As a graduate of public schools and St. Cloud State University, John recognizes the importance of public education. He also understands that taxpayers are asking for more accountability and better outcomes from the education system."


  • Excerpt:"Shortly after his election, John was made vice chair of the Senate Transportation committee, and immediately began partnering with MN/DOT to work on important safety issues in his district."



See also: Minnesota secretary of state election, 2014

Howe ran for election to the office of Minnesota Secretary of State. Howe sought the Republican nomination in the primary.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Howe ran in District 21 in 2012 after redistricting. He was unopposed in the August 14 Republican primary and was defeated by Matt Schmit (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Dahle 52.5% 21,937
     Republican Mike Dudley Incumbent 47.5% 19,846
Total Votes 41,783


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Howe had no opponent in the primary. John Howe defeated Joe Fricke (DFL) in the general election.[5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 28 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Howe (R) 16706 54.99%
Joe Fricke (DFL) 13649 44.93%
Write-In 26 0.09%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Howe raised $47,193 in contributions.[6]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $9,663
Howe, John $5,000
Howe, John S $5,000


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."[7]


Howe received a score of 57% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 22nd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]


Howe received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 29th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[9]


Howe and his spouse Lisa have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Murphy (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 28
Succeeded by
Jeremy Miller (R)