|Minnesota State Senate, District 30|
|January 8, 2013 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16B|
|Other||Saint Gabriel's School of Nursing|
|Birthday||December 29, 1946|
|Profession||Co-Owner/Consultant, Medical Business|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Kiffmeyer's professional experience includes working as co-owner and consultant of a medical business, a reporter with the Becker Citizen Newspaper, a certified election judge for the State of Minnesota and a substitute teacher.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kiffmeyer served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Capital Investment|
|• Transportation and Public Safety|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kiffmeyer served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Health and Human Services Finance, Vice-chair|
|• Health and Human Services Reform|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kiffmeyer served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• State and Local Government Operations|
Kiffmeyer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "I support individuals and families spending their own money in a capital and free-market enterprise system. A market driven system fosters competition that the people themselves direct by how they spend their money."
- Excerpt: "I will not support a tax increase. We expect our federal government to protect our borders and to protect our individual freedoms as Americans."
- Excerpt: "Private industry is far more efficient, flexible and effective in use of money than the government. Money is best spent by the citizens who earned it. I believe that if government has less money, it becomes more efficient and cost-effective."
- Excerpt: "I support drilling for oil in our own country and using our own energy resources. Market-driven incentives from the government for research and development of alternative fuels, if done at all, should be broad-based and not favor a particular solution such as corn-based ethanol."
- Excerpt: "Education is a foundational tool to a literate well-run society. Parental choice in education is fundamental whether they choose public, private or home-school settings. Core curriculum subjects of math, reading, writing and genuine American History should be a priority in every setting."
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
Kiffmeyer won election for Minnesota State Senate in District 30. She defeated Paul Bolin in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Paul Perovich (D) in the general election on November 6.
|Minnesota State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012|
|Minnesota State Senate, District 30 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16B (2010)|
|Tom Heyd (DFL)||5,563||29.54%|
|Mary Kiffmeyer (R)||13,254||70.37%|
Mary Kiffmeyer raised $29,955 for her campaign.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 16B (2008)|
|Mary Kiffmeyer (R)||15,863||63.52%|
|Steve Andrews (DFL)||8,996||36.02%|
Comprehensive donor information for Kiffmeyer is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Kiffmeyer raised a total of $897,269 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.
|Mary Kiffmeyer's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota Senate, District 30||$47,251|
|2010||Minnesota House, District 16B||$26,236|
|2008||Minnesota House, District 16B||$29,955|
|2006||Minnesota Secretary of State||$219,391|
|2004||Minnesota Secretary of State||$89,087|
|2002||Minnesota Secretary of State||$306,532|
|1998||Minnesota Secretary of State||$178,817|
|Grand Total Raised||$897,269|
2012Kiffmeyer won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kiffmeyer raised a total of $47,251.
|Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mary Kiffmeyer's campaign in 2012|
|Mary Kiffmeyer House District 16B Committee||$9,203|
|30th Senate District Republican Party of Minnesota||$1,800|
|Minnesota Medical Association||$750|
|Wright County Republican Party of Minnesota||$750|
|Total Raised in 2012||$47,251|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Kiffmeyer received $26,236 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mary Kiffmeyer's campaign in 2010|
|16B House District Rpm||$2,200|
|Mary E Kiffmeyer Sec State Cmte||$572|
|Total Raised in 2010||$26,236|
Listed below is the largest contributor to Mary Kiffmeyer's 2008 campaign.
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."
Riverview Community Bank Closure
In 2009, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) closed Riverview Community Bank, of which Kiffmeyer was an owner and director. According to the FDIC order to cease and desist, it was concluded that Riverview Community Bank "had engaged in unsafe and unsound banking practices and violations of law and/or regulation.” Among other citations, the FDIC also cited the bank had "operated with a board of directors that has failed to provide adequate supervision over and direction to the management of the Bank." The FDIC said it estimates the cost to its insurance fund will be $20 million.
"No courage" remark
In 2012, Kiffmeyer referred to fellow Republican State Representative John Kriesel as having "no courage" for not running for re-election in light of the Vikings Stadium vote. Kriesel, a decorated Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, had announced earlier that he would not be running for re-election to spend more time with his wife and two young children.
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- Office website
- Kiffmeyer's website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2004, 2002, 1998
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Kiffmeyer
- "kiffmeyer," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
- 2008 General Election Results
- Follow the Money's report on Kiffmeyer's 2008 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money, "Kiffmeyer, Mary," accessed December 21, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
- - FDIC Order to Cease and Desist
- - Regulators close Otsego bank that espoused workplace prayer
- - Twitter Wars: GOP's Kriesel, Kiffmeyer Spar Over Stadium Vote
Carla Nelson (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 30
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota State House District 16B
| Succeeded by|
Paul Torkelson (R)
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