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State Representative Mark Anderson (Minnesota)

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Mark Anderson
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 9A
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
Mark Anderson is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 9A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Education Policy
Transportation Policy


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "Private industry is far more efficient and effective in using financial resources than federal and state government. I believe all government would become more efficient and cost-effective, if they had less resources."


  • Excerpt: "I do not support any tax increase. And beyond that, government should be out of our pockets and away from our families and businesses."

Fiscal Policy

  • Excerpt: "Our government needs a spending cap and a debt reduction plan. Plus, I support individuals and families spending their own money in a capital and free-market enterprise system."

Businesses and Jobs

  • Excerpt: "I support a comprehensive restructuring of taxes and regulations to ensure Minnesota's competitive business environment."


  • Excerpt: "Core curriculum with an emphasis on math, science, reading, writing and American History should be a priority in every setting. Rural school funding needs to be equalized to that of metro school funding."



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. Dan Bye was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mark Anderson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Anderson defeated Bye in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 9A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Anderson Incumbent 63.9% 9,336
     Democratic Dan Bye 36% 5,263
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 14
Total Votes 14,613


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Anderson won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 9A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Don Niles (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 9A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Anderson 58.1% 10,972
     Democratic Don Niles 41.9% 7,922
Total Votes 18,894

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Anderson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Anderson raised a total of $29,335 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 1, 2013.[7]

Mark Anderson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 9A Won $29,335
Grand Total Raised $29,335


Anderson won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $29,335.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to State Representative Mark Anderson (Minnesota)'s campaign in 2012
Anderson, Mark$5,000
Public Fund$3,080
8th Congressional District RPM$1,000
Cass County RPM$800
Wadena County RPM$700
Total Raised in 2012$29,335
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."[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]


Anderson received a score of 100% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 8th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Morrie Lanning (R)
Minnesota State House District 9A
Succeeded by