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{{tnr}}The '''Minnesota House of Representatives'''  is the lower chamber of the [[Minnesota State Legislature]] which meets at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota.  One hundred thirty-four members serve in the House of Representatives with two representatives per house district numbered as "1A" and "1B" for example. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|39,582 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-01.pdf ''census.gov'', "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|36,713 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf ''U.S. Census Bureau,'' "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001]</ref> All representatives are up for re-election every two years.  State representatives are paid a salary of $31,140 per year.  During the regular legislative session, legislators can be reimbursed up to $77 per day for travel and living expenses when away from home. Legislators can collect the "per diem" payments seven days a week during the legislative session, whether or not they are actually at the state house.  The per diem payments are included toward the recipient's pension and can add more than forty percent to some members' income.<ref>[http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/faq/faqtoc.aspx?subject=10#ctl00_Main_Panel_FAQsearch ''Minnesota State Legislature'', "Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature," accessed June 23, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/01/07/reality-check-minn-legislature-boosts-pay-out-of-public-eye/ ''WCCO'', "Reality Check: Minn. Legislature Boosts Pay Out Of Public Eye," January 7, 2013]</ref>
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{{tnr}}The '''Minnesota House of Representatives'''  is the lower chamber of the [[Minnesota State Legislature]] which meets at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota.  One hundred thirty-four members serve in the House of Representatives, with "A" and "B" districts split from each of [[Minnesota state legislative districts#Senate|67 Senate districts]]. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|39,582 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-01.pdf ''census.gov'', "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|36,713 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf ''U.S. Census Bureau,'' "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001]</ref> All representatives are up for re-election every two years.  State representatives are paid a salary of $31,140 per year.  During the regular legislative session, legislators can be reimbursed up to $77 per day for travel and living expenses when away from home. Legislators can collect the "per diem" payments seven days a week during the legislative session, whether or not they are actually at the state house.  The per diem payments are included toward the recipient's pension and can add more than forty percent to some members' income.<ref>[http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/faq/faqtoc.aspx?subject=10#ctl00_Main_Panel_FAQsearch ''Minnesota State Legislature'', "Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature," accessed June 23, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/01/07/reality-check-minn-legislature-boosts-pay-out-of-public-eye/ ''WCCO'', "Reality Check: Minn. Legislature Boosts Pay Out Of Public Eye," January 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
{{State trifecta status|state=Minnesota|control=Democratic}}
 
{{State trifecta status|state=Minnesota|control=Democratic}}

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Minnesota House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   February 25, 2014
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  Paul Thissen (DFL)
Majority Leader:   Erin Murphy (DFL)
Minority leader:   Kurt Daudt (R)
Structure
Members:  134
  
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art IV, Minnesota Constitution
Salary:   $31,140.90/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (134 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (134 seats)
Redistricting:  Legislature has control
Meeting place:
Minnesota capitol.gif
The Minnesota House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Minnesota State Legislature which meets at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota. One hundred thirty-four members serve in the House of Representatives, with "A" and "B" districts split from each of 67 Senate districts. Each member represents an average of 39,582 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 36,713 residents.[2] All representatives are up for re-election every two years. State representatives are paid a salary of $31,140 per year. During the regular legislative session, legislators can be reimbursed up to $77 per day for travel and living expenses when away from home. Legislators can collect the "per diem" payments seven days a week during the legislative session, whether or not they are actually at the state house. The per diem payments are included toward the recipient's pension and can add more than forty percent to some members' income.[3][4]

As of October 2014, Minnesota is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas.

See also: Minnesota State Legislature, Minnesota State Senate, Minnesota Governor

Sessions

Article IV of the Minnesota Constitution establishes when the Minnesota State Legislature, of which the House is a part, is to be in session. Section 12 of Article IV states that the Legislature is not to meet in regular session for more than 120 legislative days in each two-year period between legislative elections. Section 12 also does not allow the Legislature to meet in regular session after the first Monday following the third Saturday in May of any year. Within these limits, Section 12 allows the Legislature to decide its meeting dates by law.

As such, MN Statute 3.011 establishes that on odd numbered years the legislature must convene on the first Monday in January, unless that lands on January 1, in which case the legislature must convene by the first Wednesday after the first Monday. The legislature is required to set its own date for even numbered years.

Section 12 of Article IV states that the Governor of Minnesota can call special sessions of the Legislature on extraordinary occasions.

2014

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included passing a bonding bill, how to use a projected $800 million surplus, heating costs, the minimum wage and bullying.[5][6]

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 through May 20.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included a tax bill, establishing a health care exchange, same-sex marriage, education funding, gun control, and oil fracking.[7]

Tax increase

A bill designed to generate $2.1 billion in new revenue passed the House 69-65 and the Senate 36-30 on May 20, 2013. Governor Mark Dayton signed the tax bill into law on May 23, 2013. This legislation sponsored by Representative Ann Lenczewski and Senator Rod Skoe increased cigarette taxes by $1.60 per pack and created a higher income tax rate for upper-income earners. The bill created a tax rate of 9.85 percent for individuals earning $150,000 per year and couples earning $250,000 per year. Increased revenue was intended to fund early childhood education programs, assist in building a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings and fill a $627 million budget deficit.[8][9]

Critics of the tax increase expressed concerns about negative impacts on the state economy. "The bill says the state can spend your money better that you can. This is not a good bill. We are going in the wrong direction. We should be looking at how we can decrease the tax burden," argued Representative Kelby Woodard.[8] Representative Bob Barrett argued against the income tax increase for upper-income earners. "We will now have the fourth-highest income tax rate in the country, and when you look how far down the ranks it goes we are second highest. That will have an impact on our economy, especially since we have border states with lower taxes," said Barrett.[8]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 24 to May 10.

2011

In 2011, the House was in session from January 4 through May 23.

2010

In 2010, the House was in session from February 4 to March 17.[10]

Role in state budget

See also: Minnesota state budget

The state operates on a biennial budget cycle. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[11][12]

  1. Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in May and June of the year preceding the start of the new biennium.
  2. State agencies submit their budget requests to the governor in October.
  3. Agency hearings are held from September through December.
  4. The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature on the fourth Tuesday in January (this deadline is extended to the third Tuesday in February for a newly elected governor).
  5. The legislature typically adopts a budget in May. A simple majority is required to pass a budget. The biennium begins on July 1 of odd-numbered years.

Minnesota is one of 44 states in which the governor has line item veto authority.[12]

The governor is legally required to submit a balanced budget proposal. Likewise, the legislature is legally required to adopt a balanced budget.[12]

Cost-benefit analyses

See also: Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Cost-Benefit Study
Map showing results of the Pew-MacArthur cost-benefit study.

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative released a report in July 2013 which indicated that cost-benefit analysis in policymaking led to more effective uses of public funds. Looking at data from 2008 through 2011, the study's authors found that some states were more likely to use cost-benefit analysis while others were facing challenges and lagging behind the rest of the nation. Among the challenges states faced were a lack of time, money and technical skills needed to conduct comprehensive cost-benefit analyses. Minnesota was one of the 10 states that used cost-benefit analysis more than the rest of the states with respect to determining return on investment regarding state programs. In addition, these states were more likely to use cost-benefit analysis with respect to large budget areas and when making policy decisions.[13]

Ethics and transparency

Following the Money report

See also: Following the Money 2014 Report

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer-focused nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released its annual report on state transparency websites in April 2014. The report, entitled "Following the Money," measured how transparent and accountable state websites are with regard to state government spending.[14] According to the report, Minnesota received a grade of D+ and a numerical score of 64, indicating that Minnesota was "lagging" in terms of transparency regarding state spending.[14]

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Minnesota was given a grade of C in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data is to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A -- Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[15]

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014.

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives were held in Minnesota on November 6, 2012. All 134 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 5, 2012. The primary election day was August 14, 2012.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives were held in Minnesota on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 20, 2010 and the primary election day was on August 10, 2010.

The November 2 elections resulted in the state house shifting from a Democratic majority to a Republican majority. Thirty-three of the 72 Republican members elected on November 2 were new to the House.[16]

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $6,377,405 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[17]

2008

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2008

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 9, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.

During the 2008 election, the total of contributions to House candidates was $8,361,168. The top 10 contributors were:[18]

2006

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.

During the 2006 election, the total of contributions to House candidates was $7,533,257. The top 10 contributors were:[19]

2004

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2004

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.

During the 2004 election, the total of contributions to House candidates was $8,114,613. The top 10 contributors were:[20]

2002

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2002

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 10, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.

During the 2002 election, the total of contributions to House candidates was $6,574,022. The top 10 contributors were:[21]

2000

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2000

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.

During the 2000 election, the total of contributions to House candidates was $6,590,160. The top 10 contributors were:[22]

Qualifications

To be eligible to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[23]

  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Have not filed for more than one office for the upcoming primary or general election
  • At least 21 years old
  • A resident of Minnesota for at least one year
  • A resident of the legislative district for at least 6 months before the general election date

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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In Minnesota, all vacancies in the house must be filled by a special election.[24] It is up to the appropriate elections authorities to schedule an election as soon as possible. The election must be held during the next general election if there is more than 150 days left in the term. If the house is in session, a special election must be called by the Governor no later than 35 days after the vacancy happened. If a vacancy happens when the house is out of session and less than 150 days are left in the term, a special election must called by the Governor as soon as possible. This is to allow the winner of the election to be sworn in when the house reconvenes.[25]

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Minnesota

The Legislature handles redistricting, with the Governor holding veto power. Each chamber has its own redistricting committee, with a joint committee of two Republicans and two Democrats from each chamber.

2010 census

Minnesota received its local census data on March 16, 2011. The state's population increased 7.8 percent, even though four of the five most populated cities showed slight decreases in population; only Rochester (pop. 106,769, up 24.4 percent) showed growth.[26]

At the time of redistricting, Republicans controlled the Legislature, and Democrats the governorship; redistricting was expected to favor Republicans as Democrats held numerous underrepresented districts. Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the legislative plan on May 19, 2011. In June 2011, a panel created by the Minnesota Supreme Court took over the process when it heard lawsuits over the matter, even though the Legislature's deadline of February 2012 had not yet come up. On February 21, 2012, the panel released a final map, pairing 30 incumbents in the House.

Representatives

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 73
     Republican Party 61
Total 134

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Minnesota State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Minnesota State House.PNG

Leadership

The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, appointing the Chief Sergeant at Arms and signing all acts, address, joint resolutions, writs, warrants and subpoenas of the House.[27][28]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Minnesota House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Paul Thissen Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Melissa Hortman Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Erin Murphy Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Jason Isaacson Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Leon Lillie Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Diane Loeffler Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Carly Melin Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Kim Norton Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader John Ward Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip John Persell Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt Ends.png Republican
State House Deputy Minority Leader Jenifer Loon Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip Tim Sanders Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Steve Drazkowski Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Tara Mack Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Joe Schomacker Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Peggy Scott Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Paul Torkelson Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Kelby Woodard Ends.png Republican

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Minnesota legislature are paid $31,140.90/year. Senators receive $96/day per diem while representatives receive $66/day. The rates are set by the legislature.[29]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Minnesota legislators assume office the first day of the biennial (two-year) session.[30] Minnesota law states, "The legislature shall meet at the seat of government on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year. When the first Monday in January falls on January 1, it shall meet on the first Wednesday after the first Monday. It shall also meet when called by the governor to meet in special session."[31]

Current members

Current members, Minnesota House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
1A Dan Fabian Ends.png Republican 2011
1B Debra Kiel Ends.png Republican 2011
2A Roger A. Erickson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
2B Steve Green Ends.png Republican 2013
3A David Dill Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
3B Mary Murphy Electiondot.png Democratic 1977
4A Ben Lien Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
4B Paul Marquart Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
5A John Persell Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
5B Tom Anzelc Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
6A Carly Melin Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
6B Jason Metsa Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
7A Thomas Huntley Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
7B Erik Simonson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
8A Bud Nornes Ends.png Republican 1997
8B Mary Franson Ends.png Republican 2011
9A Mark Anderson Ends.png Republican 2013
9B Ron Kresha Ends.png Republican 2013
10A John Ward Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
10B Joe Radinovich Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
11A Mike Sundin Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
11B Tim Faust Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
12A Jay McNamar Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
12B Paul Anderson Ends.png Republican 2009
13A Jeff Howe Ends.png Republican 2013
13B Tim O'Driscoll Ends.png Republican 2011
14A Tama Theis Ends.png Republican 2013
14B Zach Dorholt Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
15A Sondra Erickson Ends.png Republican 2011
15B Jim Newberger Ends.png Republican 2013
16A Chris Swedzinski Ends.png Republican 2011
16B Paul Torkelson Ends.png Republican 2009
17A Andrew Falk Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
17B Mary Sawatzky Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
18A Dean Urdahl Ends.png Republican 2003
18B Glenn Gruenhagen Ends.png Republican 2011
19A Clark Johnson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
19B Kathy Brynaert Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
20A Kelby Woodard Ends.png Republican 2011
20B David Bly Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
21A Tim Kelly Ends.png Republican 2009
21B Steve Drazkowski Ends.png Republican 2007
22A Joe Schomacker Ends.png Republican 2011
22B Rod Hamilton Ends.png Republican 2005
23A Bob Gunther Ends.png Republican 1995
23B Tony Cornish Ends.png Republican 2003
24A John Petersburg Ends.png Republican 2013
24B Patti Fritz Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
25A Duane Quam Ends.png Republican 2011
25B Kim Norton Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
26A Tina Liebling Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
26B Mike Benson Ends.png Republican 2011
27A Shannon Savick Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
27B Jeanne Poppe Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
28A Gene Pelowski, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
28B Greg Davids Ends.png Republican 2008
29A Joe McDonald Ends.png Republican 2011
29B Marion O'Neill Ends.png Republican 2013
30A Nick Zerwas Ends.png Republican 2013
30B David FitzSimmons Ends.png Republican 2013
31A Kurt Daudt Ends.png Republican 2011
31B Tom Hackbarth Ends.png Republican 1999
32A Brian Johnson Ends.png Republican 2013
32B Bob Barrett Ends.png Republican 2011
33A Jerry Hertaus Ends.png Republican 2013
33B Cindy Pugh Ends.png Republican 2013
34A Joyce Peppin Ends.png Republican 2005
34B Kurt Zellers Ends.png Republican 2003
35A Jim Abeler Ends.png Republican 1999
35B Peggy Scott Ends.png Republican 2009
36A Mark Uglem Ends.png Republican 2013
36B Melissa Hortman Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
37A Jerry Newton Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
37B Tim Sanders Ends.png Republican 2009
38A Linda Runbeck Ends.png Republican 2011
38B Matt Dean Ends.png Republican 2005
39A Bob Dettmer Ends.png Republican 2007
39B Kathy Lohmer Ends.png Republican 2011
40A Michael Nelson Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
40B Debra Hilstrom Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
41A Connie Bernardy Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
41B Carolyn Laine Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
42A Barb Yarusso Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
42B Jason Isaacson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
43A Peter Fischer Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
43B Leon Lillie Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
44A Sarah Anderson Ends.png Republican 2007
44B John Benson Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
45A Lyndon Carlson Electiondot.png Democratic 1973
45B Mike Freiberg Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
46A Ryan Winkler Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
46B Steve Simon Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
47A Ernie Leidiger Ends.png Republican 2011
47B Joe Hoppe Ends.png Republican 2003
48A Yvonne Selcer Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
48B Jenifer Loon Ends.png Republican 2009
49A Ron Erhardt Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
49B Paul Rosenthal Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
50A Linda Slocum Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
50B Ann Lenczewski Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
51A Sandra Masin Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
51B Laurie Halverson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
52A Rick Hansen Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
52B Joe Atkins Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
53A JoAnn Ward Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
53B Andrea Kieffer Ends.png Republican 2011
54A Dan Schoen Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
54B Denny McNamara Ends.png Republican 2003
55A Michael Beard Ends.png Republican 2003
55B Tony Albright Ends.png Republican 2013
56A Pam Myhra Ends.png Republican 2011
56B Will Morgan Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
57A Tara Mack Ends.png Republican 2009
57B Anna Wills Ends.png Republican 2013
58A Mary Liz Holberg Ends.png Republican 1999
58B Pat Garofalo Ends.png Republican 2005
59A Joe Mullery Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
59B Raymond Dehn Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
60A Diane Loeffler Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
60B Phyllis Kahn Electiondot.png Democratic 1973
61A Frank Hornstein Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
61B Paul Thissen Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
62A Karen Clark Electiondot.png Democratic 1981
62B Susan Allen Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
63A Jim Davnie Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
63B Jean Wagenius Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
64A Erin Murphy Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
64B Michael Paymar Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
65A Rena Moran Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
65B Carlos Mariani Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
66A Alice Hausman Electiondot.png Democratic 1989
66B John Lesch Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
67A Tim Mahoney Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
67B Sheldon Johnson Electiondot.png Democratic 2001

Standing committees

The Minnesota House of Representatives has twenty-eight (28) standing committees:

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Minnesota
Partisan breakdown of the Minnesota legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Minnesota State House of Representatives for 12 years while the Republicans were the majority for 10 years. For the final year of the study Minnesota was under a Democratic trifecta.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Senate and the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Minnesota state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Minnesota state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Minnesota has been under divided government for the entirety of the study (1992-2012) until the state elected a Democratic trifecta in 2012. Minnesota also ranked in the top-5 of the SQLI ranking for the entirety of the study, reaching its lowest ranking (5th) in four separate years. The state hit the top spot twice, in 2011 and 2012, under divided government.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: N/A
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: N/A
  • SQLI average with divided government: 3.14
Chart displaying the partisanship of Minnesota government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

External links

References

  1. census.gov, "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed May 15, 2014
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001
  3. Minnesota State Legislature, "Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature," accessed June 23, 2014
  4. WCCO, "Reality Check: Minn. Legislature Boosts Pay Out Of Public Eye," January 7, 2013
  5. Twin Cities Daily Planet, "Previewing the 2014 Minnesota legislative session: Issues and contrasting agendas," February 24, 2014
  6. KXLT, "Minnesota Legislature now in session," February 25, 2014
  7. Minnesota Public Radio, "Minnesota Legislature preview: 10 issues to watch," January 4, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Minnesota House of Representatives, "Property tax relief, new fourth tier rate highlight conferred tax bill," May 20, 2013
  9. Wall Street Journal, "States' Rift on Taxes Widens," May 23, 2013
  10. State Senator Dan Sparks, "Legislature balances budget, ends 2010 session," May 18, 2010
  11. National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Experiences with Annual and Biennial Budgeting," updated April 2011
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 National Association of State Budget Officers, "Budget Processes in the States, Summer 2008," accessed February 21, 2014
  13. Pew Charitable Trusts, "States’ Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis," July 29, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. Public Interest Research Group, "Following the Money 2014 Report," accessed April 15, 2014
  15. Sunlight Foundation, "Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information," accessed June 16, 2013
  16. Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Freshman class already making its mark in St. Paul," January 31, 2011
  17. Follow the Money: "Minnesota 2010 - Candidates," accessed June 23, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "Minnesota 2008 - Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
  19. Follow the Money, "Minnesota 2006 - Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
  20. Follow the Money, "Minnesota 2004 - Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
  21. Follow the Money, "Minnesota 2002 - Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
  22. Follow the Money, "Minnesota 2000 - Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
  23. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Filing for Office," accessed June 23, 2014
  24. Minnesota Revisor of Statutes, "Minnesota Election Law," accessed December 17, 2013(Referenced Statute 351.055)
  25. Minnesota Revisor of Statutes, "Minnesota Election Law," accessed December 17, 2013 (Referenced Statute 204D.19 (1)-(3))
  26. U.S. Census Bureau, "U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Minnesota's 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting," March 16, 2011
  27. Minnesota House of Representatives, "Rules of the Minnesota House of Representatives - Article VII - Officers of the House," accessed June 23, 2014 (Referenced Rule 7.01)
  28. Minnesota House of Representatives, "Leadership of the Minnesota House of Representatives 2013 - 2014," accessed June 23, 2014
  29. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  30. Minnesota Statutes, "Chapter 3, Section 3.05," accessed December 17, 2013
  31. Minnesota Statutes, "Chapter 3, Section 3.011," accessed December 17, 2013