Paul Rosenthal (Minnesota)

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Paul Rosenthal
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 49B
Incumbent
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 41B
2009 - 2011
Personal
ProfessionCurrency trader
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul Rosenthal is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 49B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Rosenthal previously represented District 41B from 2009 to 2011.

Biography

Rosenthal earned his B.A. in Metropolitan Studies and Urban Planning from New York University. His professional experience includes working as a currency trader.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Higher Education Finance and Policy
Public Safety Finance and Policy, Vice-chair
Transportation Policy

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Rosenthal's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "I strongly supported the passage of a $1 billion bonding bill during the 2010 session. We urgently need to get people back to work. It’s smart business sense to do this now, when the financing cost is the lowest in decades."

Education

  • Excerpt: "In addition to making sure that needed resources are available, we must emphasize stable funding. This means avoiding short-term gimmicks that make the State’s budget situation look better temporarily, while causing chaos in school budgets."

Safe, Reliable Transportation

  • Excerpt: "We must offer a world-class transportation system – our investment in our state to match their investment. Roads, rail, and air facilities – we either demonstrate our willingness to compete through investment or continue this embarrassing decline!"

Energy & Environment

  • Excerpt: "I believe strongly in common-sense environmental practices. Clean air and water are not luxuries; they are essential for life. Likewise our “great outdoors” is an essential part of the rightly acclaimed Minnesota quality of life. I want to keep it that way for generations to come."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "We have to increase the quality and preventative nature of our care while lowering the costs of providing it."

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Paul Rosenthal was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Barb Sutter was unopposed in the Republican primary. Rosenthal faces Sutter in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Rosenthal won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 49B. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Terry Jacobson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 49B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Rosenthal 53.4% 13,560
     Republican Terry Jacobson 46.6% 11,840
Total Votes 25,400

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rosenthal ran for re-election to the District 41B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He was defeated by Pat Mazorol (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Paul Rosenthal won election to the District 41B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Jan Schneider. [7]

Paul Rosenthal raised $30,655 for his campaign.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 41B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Rosenthal (DFL) 11,434 52.56%
Jan Schneider (R) 10,227 47.01%
Write-In 94 0.43%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rosenthal is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Rosenthal raised a total of $146,092 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[9]

Paul Rosenthal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 49B Won $47,902
2010 Minnesota State House, District 41B Defeated $41,010
2008 Minnesota State House, District 41B Won $30,655
2006 Minnesota State House, District 41B Won $26,525
Grand Total Raised $146,092

2012

Rosenthal won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Rosenthal raised a total of $47,902.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Rosenthal's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,101
49th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,000
Steven (Steve) Elkins Senate Dist. 41 Committee$800
Committee Legislative Fund$500
AFSCME$500
Total Raised in 2012$47,902
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Rosenthal lost the election for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Rosenthal raised a total of $41,010.

2008

Rosenthal won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Rosenthal raised a total of $30,655.

2006

Rosenthal lost the election for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Rosenthal raised a total of $26,525.

Scorecards

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

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2014

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."[10]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

2013

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."[11]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[12]
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."[13]
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."[14]

2013

Rosenthal received a score of 8% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 66th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[15]

Personal

Rosenthal is married with two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Branden Petersen (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 49B
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 41B
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Pat Mazorol (R)