Kevin Dahle

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Kevin Dahle
Minnesota State Senate, District 20
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
Prior offices
Minnesota State Senate, District 25
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Iowa
Master'sUniversity of St. Mary’s
Date of birthJanuary 24, 1960
Place of birthForest City, Iowa
Office website
Campaign website
Kevin Lee Dahle (b. January 24, 1960) is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Dahle served in the Senate previously, representing District 25 from 2008 (when he won a special election) to 2011.


Dahle earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982, and his master's degree from the University of St. Mary's in 2004. His professional experience includes working as a teacher.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2015
State and Local Government


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice chair
State and Local Government


Campaign themes


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

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "I am committed to building an economic approach that lifts every American, not just the privileged few. The average American CEO earns more before lunchtime in one day than a minimum wage worker earns all year."


  • Excerpt: "We need to take a critical look at how we fund education. Minnesota schools are struggling with fewer and fewer resources. The State cannot use our schools as a credit card to solve its long term budget problems."

Environment & Energy

  • Excerpt: "The next generations should inherit a beautiful Minnesota. It’s time to protect our environment by demanding higher standards and a cleaner quality of life. We need to protect our wetlands and preserve our clean air and water with sensible solutions, energy solutions that invest in clean, renewable energy and efficient technologies."


  • Excerpt: "Hard working Minnesotans are having a hard time paying for health care costs. Premiums are increasing at an annual rate of 16%. Employers and employees shouldn’t have to make painful decisions about health care."


  • Excerpt: "When crafting our transportation options, we must work to reduce the focus on driving. At the same time we cannot ignore our crumbling infrastructure. We need to renew our commitment to rebuilding roads and bridges in order to move people and goods in a safe and efficient manner."



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Dahle won election for the District 20 seat in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Mike Dudley (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Minnesota State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Dahle 50.1% 20,628
     Republican Mike Dudley 49.9% 20,550
Total Votes 41,178


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Dahle lost re-election to the 25th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Al DeKruif ran for the seat on the Republican ticket and John Grimm ran as an Independent. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[3]


On January 3, 2008, Dahle won election to the 25th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating opponents Ray Cox (R) and Vance Norgaard (I) in a special election.[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 25 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Dahle (DFL) 6,802 55.15%
Ray Cox (R) 5,225 42.37%
Vance Norgaard (I) 296 2.40%
Write-In 10 0.08%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dahle is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Dahle raised a total of $92,318 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[5]

Kevin Dahle's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota Senate, District 20 Won $51,001
2010 Minnesota Senate, District 25 Defeated $41,317
Grand Total Raised $92,318


Dahle won election to the Massachusetts State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Dahle raised a total of $51,001.


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."[6]
  • 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."[7]
  • 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.[8]
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."[9]
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."[10]


Dahle received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 63rd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[11]


Kevin and his wife, Beth, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lyle Koenen (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 20
2013- present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 25
Succeeded by
Al DeKruif (R)