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Mike Freiberg
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 45B
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
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Mike Freiberg is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 45B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
Government Operations, Vice-chair
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "If elected, my first priority will be not only paying back our schools, but increasing investment in education at every level."


  • Excerpt: "I support a balanced and progressive approach to tax policy that will ease the burden on the middle class while making the upper class pay their fair share."

Marriage Equality

  • Excerpt: "I strongly support marriage equality, and I oppose the amendment that will be on the ballot that would define marriage as between one man and one woman."



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 Mike Freiberg was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Alma Wetzker was unopposed in the Republican primary. Freiberg defeated Wetzker in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 45B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Freiberg Incumbent 66.9% 10,750
     Republican Alma Wetzker 32.9% 5,281
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 27
Total Votes 16,058


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Freiberg won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 45B. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Reid Johnson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 45B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Freiberg 66% 15,053
     Republican Reid Johnson 34% 7,740
Total Votes 22,793

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Freiberg is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Freiberg raised a total of $25,790 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[7]

Mike Freiberg's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 45B Won $25,790
Grand Total Raised $25,790


Freiberg won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Freiberg raised a total of $25,790.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Freiberg's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,644
45th Senate District DFL c/o Pam Scaia$1,225
Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59$500
Electrical Workers Local 292$500
American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota$500
Total Raised in 2012$25,790
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]


Freiberg received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 118th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lyndon Carlson (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 45B
2013- present
Succeeded by