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Benjamin Kruse
Benjamin Kruse.jpg
Minnesota State Senate District 47
Former Member
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Date of birthApril 18, 1978
ProfessionReal Estate
Office website
Campaign website
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Benjamin Kruse (b. April 18, 1978) is a former Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 47 from 2011 to 2013.

Kruse is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker. Kruse received his education at the University of Minnesota.


Campaign themes

Kruse's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt:"Benjamin believes the first priority of Minnesota state government in this challenging economic climate needs to be the retention and creation of jobs."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt:"Though not a high priority state wide; Benjamin believes that public safety is a vital issue for those who live in Brooklyn Park, Champlin, and Coon Rapids"


  • Excerpt:"After Minnesota families are able to put food on the table and our communities are safe Benjamin believes that education must be our priority. He understands that education is not only fundamental for children to be successful in society, but is also essential in the fight against crime and growth of social welfare programs."

Taxation and Spending

  • Excerpt:"Benjamin believes in keeping money in the hands of those who have work hard to earn it."

Size and Scope of Government

  • Excerpt:"Benjamin believes that government is best kept small and local. He understands that when government is kept small and local there is a higher level of accountability and less opportunity for waste."

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kruse served on these committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Benjamin Kruse endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Kruse won election in District 36 in 2012 due to redistricting. He was unopposed in the August 14 Republican primary and was defeated by John Hoffman (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hoffman 53.2% 22,194
     Republican Benjamin Kruse Incumbent 46.8% 19,522
Total Votes 41,716


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Kruse had no opponent in the primary. He defeated incumbent Leo Foley (DFL) and Andrew Kratoska (Independence) in the general election.[5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 47 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Benjamin Kruse (R) 14990 49.83%
Leo Foley (DFL) 13466 44.77%
Andrew Kratoska (I) 1606 5.34%
Write-In 19 0.06%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Kruse received $22,593 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


The Taxpayers League of Minnesota Scorecard

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."[7]


Kruse received a score of 71% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 16th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]


Kruse received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 26th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[9]

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Kruse has a wife, Anita.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leo Foley (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 47
Succeeded by
Julianne Ortman (R)