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Mary Sawatzky

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Mary Sawatzky
Mary Sawatzky.jpg
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 17B
Former member
In office
January 8, 2013 - January 6, 2015
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionSpecial education teacher
Office website
Mary Sawatzky is a former Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 17B from 2013 to 2015.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education Policy
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs
Transportation Policy


Campaign themes


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

  • Excerpt: "I will work to create more jobs in our district"
  • Excerpt: "We need to support our schools for the future of Minnesota"
  • Excerpt: "I will be your voice for affordable healthcare"
  • Excerpt: "We need to invest in our roads and bridges"
  • Excerpt: "I will use common sense with a collaborative approach"



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. Incumbent Mary Sawatzky was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Dave Baker was unopposed in the Republican primary. Baker defeated Sawatzky in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 17B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Baker 50.7% 7,807
     Democratic Mary Sawatzky Incumbent 49.3% 7,593
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 10
Total Votes 15,410


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sawatzky won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 17B. She defeated Jessica Rohloff in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated incumbent Bruce Vogel (R) and Zachary Liebl (Independence) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 17B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Sawatzky 48.3% 9,370
     Republican Bruce Vogel Incumbent 44.2% 8,562
     Independence Zachary Liebl 7.5% 1,457
Total Votes 19,389

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sawatzky is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Sawatzky raised a total of $38,757 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[7]

Mary Sawatzky's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 17B Won $38,757
Grand Total Raised $38,757


Sawatzky won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sawatzky raised a total of $38,757.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Sawatzky's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,659
Kandiyohi County DFL$3,550
17th Senate District DFL New$500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$500
Higinbotham, Arthur$500
Total Raised in 2012$38,757
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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]


Sawatzky received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 83rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Barrett (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 17B
Succeeded by
Dave Baker (R)