Allen Quist

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Allen Quis
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Candidate for
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19A
Elections and appointments
Last electionFebruary 12, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sGustavius Adolphus College
Master'sMinnesota State University at Mankato
ProfessionProfessor of Political Science (Ret.)
Allen Quist was a 2013 Republican candidate for District 19A of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Quist was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Minnesota.


Quist was first elected to the House in 1982. He served four terms until 1989 when he was defeated for re-election by St. Peter School Board Chair and Gustavus Adolphus College Professor Don Ostrom.



See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Quist ran for election in the special election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 19A. The seat was vacant following Terry Morrow's (D) resignation in order to accept a job in Chicago as legislative director at the Uniform Law Commission. Morrow announced that he would be resigning his seat, which he won re-election to on November 6, 2012, on January 7, 2013. While two Republicans were running, Quist was chosen by a GOP convention and Jim Golgart suspended his campaign, leaving Quist without a primary opponent.[1][2] Quist was defeated by Clark Johnson (D) in the special election on February 12.[3][4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19A, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClark Johnson 53.7% 2,680
     Republican Allen Quist 36.1% 1,801
     Independence Tim Gieseke 10.2% 511
Total Votes 4,992


See also: Minnesota's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Quist ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 1st District. He defeated State Sen. Mike Parry in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He was defeated by incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Walz in the November general election.[6] [7]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Quist one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[8]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walz Incumbent 57.5% 193,211
     Republican Allen Quist 42.3% 142,164
     NA Write-in 0.2% 505
Total Votes 335,880
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


In the video below, Quist discusses the Federal Debt.[9]

Allen Quist, "Lucia and the Federal Debt"[10]


Quist was endorsed by Gun Owners of America for the 2012 election.[11]

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Quist lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Quist's campaign committee raised a total of $595,215 and spent $595,312.[12]


Views on gays and women

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported in April 1994 that when Quist was a state Senator, he "alleged that Mankato State University was encouraging the spread of AIDS by sponsoring a counseling center for gays, comparing it to a center for the Ku Klux Klan." When asked about it at a town hall meeting in July, 2012, Quist said the story was "a total invention from some lefty that doesn't like me."[13]

Quist also denied stories that during his time in the state legislature he went undercover at bath houses to expose incidents of gay sex, as well as a quote from 1994 where Quist said men had a "genetic predisposition" to lead families. When audio surfaced of an interview where he made controversial statements, Quist issued a letter to supporters apologizing for the KKK comparison and explained the gay sex sting as his duty as a legislator when there was a serious health risk.[14][13]


Quist has ten children and many grandchildren with his wife, Julie.[15]

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