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Kent Eken
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Minnesota State Senate, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 2A
2003 - 2013
Education
Bachelor'sConcordia College
Master'sSaint Cloud State University
Personal
BirthdayDecember 12, 1963
ProfessionTeacher
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bernhard Kent Eken (b. December 12, 1963) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Eken served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 2A from 2003 to 2013.

Biography

Eken earned his B.A. in Political Science/Education from Concordia College-Moorhead and M.A. in History from Saint Cloud State University. His professional experience includes working as a teacher.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Eken's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Excerpt:"He is very concerned about the increasing property taxes that hit Greater Minnesota much harder than other areas of the state."
  • Excerpt:"Kent Eken fought to save the Homestead Credit, and voted against the elimination of this program which is so important to our citizens."
  • Excerpt:"I will work to restore the Homestead Credit if elected to the State Senate."
  • Excerpt:"Eken is also working to reduce tuition rates, protect our communities from floods, and to maintain and improve the quality of our education, health care, and transportation systems."
  • Excerpt:"Eken is especially concerned about long-term care for our seniors who have given us so much."

Election history

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Eken won election for the District 4 Senate seat in 2012. He ran unopposed in the August 14 Democratic primary and defeated Phil Hansen (R) in the November 6 general election.[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKent Eken 52.2% 19,833
     Republican Phil Hansen 47.8% 18,132
Total Votes 37,965

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Eken ran won re-election to the District 2A Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Steve Green (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 2A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kent Eken (DFL) 7,502 55.86%
Steve Green (R) 5,915 44.04%
Write-In 13 0.10%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Eken won re-election to the District 2A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Steve Green (R).[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 2A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kent Eken (DFL) 11,411 63.54%
Steve Green (R) 6,535 36.39%
Write-In 14 0.08%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Eken is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Eken raised a total of $289,786 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[6]

Kent Eken's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 4 Won $75,479
2010 Minnesota State House, District 2A Won $43,577
2008 Minnesota State House, District 2A Won $54,217
2006 Minnesota State House, District 2A Won $49,978
2004 Minnesota State House, District 2A Won $37,520
2002 Minnesota State House, District 2A Won $29,015
Grand Total Raised $289,786

2012

Eken won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Eken raised a total of $75,479.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kent Eken's campaign in 2012
Bernhard Eken House Dist 2A Committee$11,566
Public Fund$7,892
Eken, Kent$5,000
4th Senate District DFL New$1,800
3rd Senate District DFL New$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$75,479
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Eken won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Eken raised a total of $43,577.

2008

Eken won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Eken raised a total of $54,217.

2006

Eken won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Eken raised a total of $49,978.

2004

Eken won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Eken raised a total of $37,520.

2002

Eken won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Eken raised a total of $29,015.

Scorecards

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."[7]

2013

Eken received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 59th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]

2012

Eken received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 130th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[9]

2011

Eken received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 106th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [10]

Personal

Eken is married with four children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Carlson (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 4
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 2A
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Roger A. Erickson (DFL)