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Jay McNamar

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Jay McNamar
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 12A
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Jay McNamar is a Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 12A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture Policy
Capital Investment
Judiciary Finance and Policy


Campaign themes


McNamar's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "It is important to make sure the money borrowed from the schools is repaid in a timely manner by the state so school districts can provide that quality education. Education for all needs to be a priority which is demonstrated through proper funding."

Higher Education

  • Excerpt: "An educated and trained workforce is essential to make this state great. We need to fund higher education to make college affordable for all who want it. We can’t afford not to make education a priority."

Local Governments

  • Excerpt: "Local governments have been placed in a predicament of either cutting services or raising property taxes to make up for lost funding. Public safety could be at risk if city police departments are eliminated or reduced because of lack of funding. "


  • Excerpt: "We can stimulate our economy by bonding to match federal grants. This would replace our aging infrastructure and place money into our local economies stimulating our local businesses and generating new revenue for the state."

Health care

  • Excerpt: "Americans should not have to decide between medication or food. Medical expenses shouldn’t drive families into bankruptcy or squeeze elderly out of their life savings. Everyone should have affordable health care available to them."

Election history


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

McNamar won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 12A. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Scott Dutcher (R) and Dave Holman (Independence) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 12A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJay McNamar 47.5% 10,092
     Republican Scott Dutcher 46.3% 9,837
     Independence Dave Holman 6.1% 1,305
Total Votes 21,234

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McNamar is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, McNamar raised a total of $3,522 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[4]

Jay McNamar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 12A Won $3,522
Grand Total Raised $3,522


McNamar won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McNamar raised a total of $32,039.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jay McNamar's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,522
Grant County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,500
Douglas County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$600
Minn. Assoc. of Professional Employees Political Fund$500
Rapp, Larry$500
Total Raised in 2012$32,039
Source: Follow the Money


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."[5]


McNamar received a score of 8% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 69th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Ward (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 12A
2013- present
Succeeded by