Sarah Anderson

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Sarah Anderson
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44A
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota, Duluth
Personal
Birthday1972
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Sarah Anderson (b. 1972) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 44A. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006. Anderson is a former Assistant Minority Leader.

Biography

Anderson received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her professional experience includes working as Manager of the Legislative Assistant Department of the Republican Caucus, staffer of the Capital Investment Committee, and Executive Advisor to former House Speaker Steve Sviggum.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy
Rules and Legislative Administration
Taxes
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Anderson served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Anderson served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Minnesota cannot afford to give a cold shoulder to job providers and expect to grow. Representative Sarah Anderson supported bipartisan measures of investing in high-paying job development, hiring incentives, and helping small businesses."

Smaller and Smarter Government

  • Excerpt: "Within one year, Representative Sarah Anderson helped turn a $5.1 billion budget deficit into a $1.2 billion budget surplus. Government spending was growing by an unsustainable 22 percent. Sarah reformed how our government operates by set- ting priorities."

Putting Students First

  • Excerpt: "Minnesota's culture of high expectations has put us at the top in education and provided us with a well-educated workforce key to economic success"

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. Audrey Britton was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Sarah Anderson was unopposed in the Republican primary.[3][4]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Anderson won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 44A. She was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Audrey Britton (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSarah Anderson Incumbent 51.3% 12,114
     Democratic Audrey Britton 48.7% 11,506
Total Votes 23,620

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Anderson won re-election to the District 43A seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Audrey Britton (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 43A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Audrey Britton (DFL) 7,424 42.11%
Green check mark transparent.png Sarah Anderson (R) 10.197 57,83%
Write-In 11 0.06%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Anderson won election to the District 43A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Clint Faust. [8]

Anderson raised $39,440 for her campaign.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 43A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sarah Anderson (R) 12,839 54.37%
Clint Faust (DFL) 10,756 45.55%
Write-In 18 0.08%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Anderson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Anderson raised a total of $125,709 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[10]

Sarah Anderson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 44A Won $25,252
2010 Minnesota State House, District 43A Won $30,987
2008 Minnesota State House, District 43A Won $39,440
2006 Minnesota State House, District 43A Won $30,030
Grand Total Raised $125,709

2012

Anderson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $25,252.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sarah Anderson's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$4,429
44th Senate District RPM New$3,850
North Star SFAA-PAC$500
Raymond R. Cox Senate Dist. 25$500
Gaithen for Senate$500
Total Raised in 2012$25,252
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Anderson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $30,987.

2008

Anderson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $39,440.

2006

Anderson won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $30,030.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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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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."[11]
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."[12]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[13]
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."[14]
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."[15]

2013

Anderson received a score of 100% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 7th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2012

Anderson received a score of 86% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 32nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2011

Anderson received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 64th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [18]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Simon (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 44A
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 43A
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Peter Fischer (DFL)