Mary Franson

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Mary Franson
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 8B
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Date of birthMarch 1, 1977
ProfessionCredit Representative/Licensed Childcare Provider
Office website
Campaign website
Mary Franson (b. March 1, 1977) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 8B since 2013. She previously represented District 11B from 2011 to 2013.

Prior to her time in the legislature, Franson worked as a Credit Representative with AT&T. She is also a licensed childcare provider.

Franson graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Humanities.


Campaign Themes

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

Strengthening our Economy

  • Excerpt:"Mary believes state government should hold the line on tax increases and live within its means – just like families in Douglas and Otter Tail counties do every day."

Job Creation is a Top Priority

  • Excerpt:"Mary has worked to remove regulations that stifle business growth and expansion. When our small-town main streets prosper, we all prosper!"

Making Good Schools Even Better

  • Excerpt:"Mary Franson will work to secure fair education funding and ensure there is reform and accountability for every dollar spent. Mary supports high academic standards and challenging coursework to prepare students to compete in the global economy."

Standing Up for Family Farmers and Agriculture

  • Excerpt:"Mary knows farmers are the best stewards of the land. She will work to roll back excessive state regulations and ensure the PCA, DNR and Department of Agriculture serve as partners who assist – not hinder – farmers and their ag operations."

Ensuring Affordable Health Care

  • Excerpt:"Minnesota has the best health care in the world, but we need to make it more accessible and affordable through competition in the health insurance market – not through a government takeover. Government-run health care limits treatment options and leads to rationing."

Committee assignments


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



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Franson won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 8B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 7 and defeated Bob Cunniff (D) in the general election on November 6.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 8B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Franson Incumbent 50% 10,640
     Democratic Bob Cunniff 50% 10,629
Total Votes 21,269


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Franson won election to the District 11B Seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Amy Hunter (DFL) and Bert Pexsa (Independence Party of Minnesota) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 11B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Amy Hunter (DFL) 5,147 32.88%
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Franson (R) 7,798 49.81%
Bert Pexsa (Independence) 2,680 17.12%
Write-In 29 0.19%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Franson raised $23,439 in contributions.[6]

Her two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $4,085
Todd County Republican Party $1,300

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Franson has three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Crawford (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 8B
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 11B
Succeeded by
Tim Faust (DFL)