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Dan Sparks
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Minnesota State Senate, District 27
Incumbent
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayJuly 5, 1968
ProfessionBanker
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Dan Sparks (b. July 5, 1968) is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Sparks attended the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. His professional experience includes working as a loan officer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment
Higher Education and Workforce Development
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Election history

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Sparks won re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the August 14 Democratic primary and defeated Linden Anderson (R) in the general election on November 6.[1][2]

Minnesota State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Sparks Incumbent 68.3% 26,552
     Republican Linden Anderson 31.7% 12,334
Total Votes 38,886

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Sparks won re-election to the 27th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Kathy Green ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 27 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Sparks (DFL) 17574 61.44%
Kathy Green (R) 11005 38.48%
Write-In 23 0.08%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Sparks won re-election to the 27th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating George Marin (R).[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 27 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Sparks (DFL) 21,739 67.72%
George Marin (R) 10,329 32.18%
Write-In 32 0.10%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sparks is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Sparks raised a total of $226,503 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[4]

Dan Sparks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 27 Won $37,845
2010 Minnesota State Senate, District 27 Won $45,235
2008 Minnesota State Senate, District 27 Not up for election $24,353
2006 Minnesota State Senate, District 27 Won $59,840
2004 Minnesota State Senate, District 27 Not up for election $19,763
2002 Minnesota State Senate, District 27 Won $39,467
Grand Total Raised $226,503

2012

Sparks won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sparks raised a total of $37,845.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dan Sparks's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,064
27th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$500
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$500
Minnesota Bankers Association$500
Minnesota Association of Realtors$500
Total Raised in 2012$37,845
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sparks won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Sparks raised a total of $45,235.

2008

Sparks was not up for election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Sparks raised a total of $24,353.

2006

Sparks won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Sparks raised a total of $59,840.

2004

Sparks was not up for election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Sparks raised a total of $19,763.

2002

Sparks won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Sparks raised a total of $39,467.

Scorecards

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."[5]

2013

Sparks received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 42nd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[6]

2012

Sparks received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 54th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[7]

2011

Sparks received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 55th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]

Personal

Sparks and his wife, Andrea, have three children.

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Minnesota State Senate District 27
2003–present
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