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Bill Hilty
Minnesota House of Representatives District 8A
Former Member
In office
1997 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sUniversity of Minnesota
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Master'sPurdue University
Date of birthNovember 2, 1938
ProfessionPresident, Minnesota Panel Systems/Consultant, Nemadji Energy Company
Office website
Bill Hilty (b. November 2, 1938) is a former Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 8A from 2001 to 2013.

Hilty is a Consultant for the Nemadji Energy Company and President of Minnesota Panel Systems. He previously was a Partner with Sawhill Incorporated, and a teaching associate at the University of Minnesota.

Hilty is a founding member of the Right to be Rural Coalition, is on the Board of the Audubon Society of the Northwoods, Greater Minnesota Coalition, and the Northern Technology Initiative, and is a member of the Midwest Progressive Elected Officials Network, National Conferences of State Legislatures, Democrat/Farmer/Labor House Caucus steering committee.[1]

He is married and has 5 children.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hilty served on these committees:



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hilty won re-election to the District 8A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Mark Ames (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 8A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Hilty (DFL) 8,837 58.87%
Mark Ames (R) 6,159 41.03%
Write-In 15 0.10%


On November 4, 2008, Bill Hilty won election to the District 8A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Tim Hafvenstein. [3]

Bill Hilty raised $20,229 for his campaign.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 8A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Hilty (DFL) 13,042 65.08%
Tim Hafvenstein (R) 6,956 34.71%
Write-In 41 0.2%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Hilty received $17,218 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Hilty's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$5,420
Mah Mah Wi No Min$500
Fond Du Lac Band$500
Prairie Island Indian Community$500
Carlton County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$400
Total Raised in 2010 $17,218


Listed below is the largest contributor to Bill Hilty's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $5,939


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."[6]


Hilty received a score of 29% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 91st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[7]


Hilty received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 99th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [8]

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Preceded by
Minnesota State House District 8A
Succeeded by
Bud Nornes (R)