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Steve Simon
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Minnesota Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMark Ritchie (D)
Compensation
Base salary$89,877
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 46B
2005-2015
Education
Bachelor'sTufts University (1992)
J.D.University of Minnesota Law School, Twin Cities (1996)
Personal
Date of birthDecember 12, 1969
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Simon (b. December 12, 1969) is the current Democratic Minnesota Secretary of State. He was first elected to the statewide position in 2014 and was sworn in for a four-year term on January 5, 2015. Simon succeeded two-term incumbent Mark Ritchie (D), who declined to seek re-election as secretary of state in 2014.[1] The secretary of state is the state's chief elections official.

Before becoming secretary of state, Simon was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 46B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004, and was re-elected five times. During his tenure in the state House, Simon served as Assistant Majority Leader.

Biography

Simon earned his B.A. in political science from Tufts University and J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. His professional experience includes working as an associate with Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi and Assistant State Attorney General from 1996 to 2001.[2]

Education

  • B.A. in political science - Tufts University (1992)
  • J.D. - University of Minnesota Law School (1996)

Political career

Minnesota Secretary of State (2015-present)

Simon was elected in November 2014 and sworn into office on January 5, 2015. He succeeded Democrat Mark Ritchie, who retired after his second term.[3]

Minnesota House of Representatives (2005-2015)

Simon was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 46B from 2005 to 2015, when he became secretary of state. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004, and was re-elected five times. Simon served as Assistant Majority Leader.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Elections, Chair
Public Safety Finance and Policy
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs
Ways and Means
2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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


Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Simon's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Early Childhood Education

  • Excerpt: "Kids entering Kindergarten should be prepared and ready to learn. We need to further invest in early childhood education so that all kids have the basic skills to start learning. Many kids who start behind can never catch up."

K-12 Schools

  • Excerpt: "We have to focus, above all else, on student achievement. Do what works. Ditch what doesn’t. And try new approaches."

Colleges and Universities

  • Excerpt: "A quality education system is the cornerstone of Minnesota’s economic success. We need to maintain our nationally known level of excellence as a center of higher learning. "

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "We need to provide help for the thousands of hard-working Minnesotans who don’t have access to basic health insurance"

Tax Fairness

  • Excerpt: "I want government to rely less on unfair property taxes and more on revenue that’s based on the ability to pay."

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota secretary of state election, 2014

Simon ran for Minnesota Secretary of State. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on August 12. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary
Minnesota Secretary of State, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Simon 42.7% 65,634
Dick Franson 29.1% 44,700
Gregg A. Iverson 28.3% 43,478
Total Votes 153,812
Election Results via Minnesota Secretary of State.
General election
Secretary of State of Minnesota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Simon 47% 901,450
     Republican Dan Severson 45.9% 879,022
     Independence Bob Helland 4.9% 94,065
     Libertarian Bob Odden 2.1% 40,729
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,134
Total Votes 1,916,400
Election Results via Minnesota Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

2014

Simon's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Continue to expand access to the ballot: If you’re an eligible voter in Minnesota, it should be as easy as possible to vote. That’s why Steve supports early voting and other efforts to facilitate participation.
  • Remove barriers to voting: Some people want to make it harder to vote. Steve will be a strong voice against those efforts. That’s why he opposes all efforts to end same-day registration. And it’s why he supports an easier path for voter registration.
  • Be a Secretary of State for all Minnesotans. The Office of the Secretary of State should be dedicated to serving Minnesotans of all backgrounds and affiliations. Steve believes that fairness and integrity matter most.

[5]

—Steve Simon's campaign website, (2014) [6]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Simon won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 46B. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated David Arvidson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 46B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Simon Incumbent 70.1% 14,956
     Republican David Arvidson 29.9% 6,372
Total Votes 21,328

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Simon won re-election to the District District 44A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Stephen Manderfeld (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Simon (DFL) 9,538 65.36%
Stephen Manderfeld (R) 5,031 34.48%
Write-In 24 0.16%

2008

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Simon won election to the District 44A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Tracy Leahy.[10]

Steve Simon raised $43,601 for his campaign.[11]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Simon (DFL) 14,394 68.54%
Tracy Leahy (R) 6,553 31.20%
Write-In 53 0.25%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Simon is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Simon raised a total of $258,105 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[12]

Steve Simon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 46B Won $39,206
2010 Minnesota State House, District 44A Won $36,036
2008 Minnesota State House, District 44A Won $43,601
2006 Minnesota State House, District 44A Won $55,100
2004 Minnesota State House, District 44A Won $84,162
Grand Total Raised $258,105

2012

Simon won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Simon raised a total of $39,206.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Simon's campaign in 2012
Simon, Ronald$500
Goodman, Timothy$250
Doran, Kelly$250
McGinnis, Kevin$250
Acres, John$250
Total Raised in 2012$39,206
Source: Follow the Money

2010

Simon won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Simon raised a total of $36,036.

2008

Simon won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Simon raised a total of $43,601.

2006

Simon won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Simon raised a total of $55,100.

2004

Simon won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Simon raised a total of $84,162.

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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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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."[13]
  • Legislators are scored on pro-life issues; committee, procedural and floor votes are counted.
  • Legislators are scored on seven business-related bills.
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
  • Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.

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."[14]
  • Legislators are scored on pro-life issues; committee, procedural and floor votes are counted.
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[15]
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."[16]
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."[17]

2013

Simon received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 81st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[18]

2012

Simon received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 111th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[19]

2011

Simon received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 86th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [20]

Personal

Simon has been a member of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society, Minnesota Chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council, League of Women Voters and the Lenox Foundation.[2]

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References

  1. Minnesota Secretary of State, "About" accessed January 6, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 Project Vote Smart, "Steve Simon's Biography," accessed December 18, 2014
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  4. Steve Simon, "On the Issues," accessed December 18, 2014 (Archived)
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Steve Simon for Secretary of State, "Issues," accessed August 6, 2014
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  9. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  10. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "Simon, Steve," accessed December 18, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "Simon, Steve." Retrieved July 17, 2013
  13. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  14. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  15. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  16. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  20. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Ritchie (D)
Minnesota Secretary of State
2015 - present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Debra Hilstrom (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 46B
2013-2015
Succeeded by
Cheryl Youakim (DFL)
Preceded by
-
Minnesota House of Representatives District 44A
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Sarah Anderson (R)