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|Name = Pat Garofalo
 
|Name = Pat Garofalo
 
|Profile picture = Garofalo.JPG
 
|Profile picture = Garofalo.JPG
|Position = Minnesota House of Representatives District 36B
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|Position = Minnesota House of Representatives, District 58B
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
|Tenure =2005 - present
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|Tenure = 2005 - present
|Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 8, 2013]]
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|Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 6, 2015]]
 
|Assumed office = 2005
 
|Assumed office = 2005
|Political party = Republican |Party dot = {{reddot|size=10px}}
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|Political party = Republican
 
|Leadership =
 
|Leadership =
 
|Years leadership =
 
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|Years leadership 5 =
 
|Years leadership 5 =
 
|Base salary = $31,140.90/year
 
|Base salary = $31,140.90/year
|Per diem = $77/day
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|Per diem = $66/day
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
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|Last election = [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|First elected = November 2, 2004
 
|First elected = November 2, 2004
 
|Term limits =  
 
|Term limits =  
|Next election = [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Next election = November 4, 2014
 
|Prior office =  
 
|Prior office =  
 
|Prior office years =  
 
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|Citations =
 
|Citations =
 
|Birthday =  
 
|Birthday =  
|Place of birth = Saint Paul, Minnesota
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|Place of birth = St. Paul, Minnesota
 
|Profession =  
 
|Profession =  
 
|Religion = Catholic
 
|Religion = Catholic
|Office website = http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?district=36B
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|Office website = http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?district=58B
 
|Campaign website = http://www.patgarofalo.com/
 
|Campaign website = http://www.patgarofalo.com/
 
|Personal website =
 
|Personal website =
}}{{tnr}}'''Pat Garofolo''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Minnesota House of Representatives]].  He has represented District 36B since 2005.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Pat Garofalo''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Minnesota House of Representatives]], representing District 58B.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.
  
Garofalo earned his BS in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University - Mankato.
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==Biography==
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Garofalo earned his B.S. in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University - Mankato. His professional experience includes working as a Network Engineer with the Allianz Life Insurance Company.<ref name=vs>[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=38499 ''Project Vote Smart'' - Rep. Garofalo]</ref>
  
He is a Network Engineer with the Allianz Life Insurance Company.
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==Committee assignments==
 
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===2013-2014===
Garofalo is a member of Saint Michael's Catholic Church.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=38499 ''Project Vote Smart'' - Rep. Garofalo]</ref> 
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Garofalo served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = Minnesota
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|year = 2013
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|Chamber = House of Representatives
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|Committee1 = Energy Policy
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|Chair1 = Republican-Lead
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|Committee2 = Property and Local Tax Division
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|Committee3 = Taxes
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}}
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Campaign Themes===
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===Campaign themes===
Garofalo's website highlights the following campaign themes:<ref name=website>[http://www.patgarofalo.com/ "patgarofalo," Official Campaign Website]</ref>
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====2012====
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Garofalo's website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref name=website>[http://www.patgarofalo.com/ "patgarofalo," Official Campaign Website]</ref>
  
 
'''Education'''
 
'''Education'''
*Excerpt:"Representative Garofalo supports local control of our schools and has worked to allow Minnesota to opt out of the No Child Left Behind mandate."
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*Excerpt: "Representative Garofalo supports local control of our schools and has worked to allow Minnesota to opt out of the No Child Left Behind mandate."
 
'''Energy'''
 
'''Energy'''
*Excerpt:"We must keep our energy affordable even as we work to protect the environment."
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*Excerpt: "We must keep our energy affordable even as we work to protect the environment."
 
'''Environment'''
 
'''Environment'''
*Excerpt:"Representative Garofalo voted for Minnesota's nation leading renewable energy bill. Under this legislation, 25% of Minnesota's energy will come from renewable sources by 2025."
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*Excerpt: "Representative Garofalo voted for Minnesota's nation leading renewable energy bill. Under this legislation, 25% of Minnesota's energy will come from renewable sources by 2025."
 
'''Abortion'''
 
'''Abortion'''
*Excerpt:"A society is best judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. Representative Garofalo's voting record shows a commitment to protecting unborn children."
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*Excerpt: "A society is best judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. Representative Garofalo's voting record shows a commitment to protecting unborn children."
 
'''Protecting Our Heritage and Our Rights'''
 
'''Protecting Our Heritage and Our Rights'''
*Excerpt:"Representative Garofalo has voted for and will continue to support legislation which protects our 2nd amendment rights."
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*Excerpt: "Representative Garofalo has voted for and will continue to support legislation which protects our 2nd amendment rights."
 
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==Committee assignments==
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===2011-2012===
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Garofalo has been appointed to these committees:
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* [[Education Finance Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives|Education Finance]], Chair
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* [[Redistricting Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives|Redistricting]]
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* [[Taxes Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives|Taxes]]
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* [[Ways and Means Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives|Ways and Means]]
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===2009-2010===
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In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Garofalo served on these committees:
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*K-12 Education Finance Division (Lead GOP)
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* [[Finance Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives|Finance]]
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*Property and Local Sales Tax Division
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* [[Taxes Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives|Taxes]]
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
===2012===
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===2014===
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{{MN HD58B 2014}}
  
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===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
Garofalo ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14. The general election is November 6.<ref>[http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingResults.aspx?county=0&municipality=0&schooldistrict=0&hospitaldistrict=0&level=1&party=0&federal=False&judicial=False&executive=False&senate=False&representative=True&title=&office=0&candidateid=0 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," Accessed June 18, 2012]</ref>
 
  
===2010===
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Garofalo won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012|Minnesota House of Representatives]] District 58B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated [[Jim Arlt]] (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingResults.aspx?county=0&municipality=0&schooldistrict=0&hospitaldistrict=0&level=1&party=0&federal=False&judicial=False&executive=False&senate=False&representative=True&title=&office=0&candidateid=0 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'', "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012]</ref>
  
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{{Election box 2012
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|Chamber = Minnesota House of Representatives, District 58B, General Election
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|party1 = Republican
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|party2 = Democratic
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|party3 =
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|winner1 = Pat Garofalo
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Jim Arlt
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|candidate3 =
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|votes1 = 12520
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|votes2 = 8512
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|votes3 =
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}}
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===2010===
 
:: ''See also: [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
  
Garofalo won re-election to the District 36B Seat in 2010.  He had no primary opposition.  He defeated [[Sigrid Iversen]] (DFL) in the general election on [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].<ref>[http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/ElecRslts.asp?M=LG&LD=A&R=ALLREPS Minnesota Secretary of State 2010 General Election Results]</ref>
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Garofalo won re-election to the District 36B seat in 2010.  He had no primary opposition.  He defeated [[Sigrid Iversen]] (DFL) in the general election on [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].<ref>[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1570 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'', "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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===2008===
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:: ''See also: [[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2008]]''
  
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On November 4, 2008, Garofalo won election to the District 36B Seat in the [[Minnesota House of Representatives]], defeating Bev Topp.<ref>[http://minnesotaelectionresults.sos.state.mn.us/20081104/ElecRslts.asp?M=LG&LD=36B ''Minnesota Secretary of State'', "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014]</ref>
  
===2008===
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Garofalo raised $54,789 for his campaign.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110433 ''Follow the Money'', "Garofalo, Pat," accessed March 9, 2014]</ref>
On November 4, 2008, Pat Garofalo won election to the District 36B Seat in the [[Minnesota House of Representatives]], defeating Bev Topp.
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<ref>[http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/20081104/ElecRslts.asp?M=LG&LD=36B 2008 General Election Results]</ref>
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Pat Garofalo raised $54,789 for his campaign.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110433 ''Follow the Money's report on Garofalo's 2008 campaign contributions'']</ref>
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2010===
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{{Comprehensive donor history
In 2010, Garofalo received $36,154 in campaign donations.  The largest donors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=MN&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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|Name=Garofalo
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|Full name=Pat Garofalo
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|year=2004
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|Editdate=July 17, 2013
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|link=<ref>[http://followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=5584 ''Follow the Money'', "Garofalo, Pat." Retrieved July 17, 2013]</ref>
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|party=Republican
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|totalraised2012=35925
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=[[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012|Minnesota State House, District 58B]]
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|totalraised2010=36154
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=[[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010|Minnesota State House, District 36B]]
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|totalraised2008=54789
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=[[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2008|Minnesota State House, District 36B]]
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|totalraised2006=46827
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=[[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2006|Minnesota State House, District 36B]]
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|totalraised2004=26363
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=[[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2004|Minnesota State House, District 36B]]
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}}
  
{{slp donor box 2010
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===2012===
|Chamber = Minnesota House of Representatives
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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|name = Garofalo
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|full Name = Pat Garofalo
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=140734
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|office= Minnesota House of Representatives
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 35925
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|org1 = Public Fund
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|org2 = 58th Senate District RPM
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|org3 = Mike Lemieur House Dist. 12B Committee
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|org4 = Teamsters Local 120
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|org5 = North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters & Joiners
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|orgamount1 = 3725
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|orgamount2 = 1200
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
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===2010===
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{{SLP donor box 2010
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|name= Garofalo
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|full name= Pat Garofalo
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=129992
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|office = Minnesota House of Representatives
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
|total raised = $36,154
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|new = no
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|total raised = 36154
 
|org1 = Public Fund
 
|org1 = Public Fund
 
|org2 = Minneapolis Municipal Retirement Association
 
|org2 = Minneapolis Municipal Retirement Association
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|org4 = Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance
 
|org4 = Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance
 
|org5 = 36th Senate District RPM
 
|org5 = 36th Senate District RPM
|orgdonor1 = $6,123
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|orgamount1 = 6123
|orgdonor2 = $500
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|orgamount2 = 500
|orgdonor3 = $500
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|orgamount3 = 500
|orgdonor4 = $500
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|orgamount4 = 500
|orgdonor5 = $500
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|orgamount5 = 500
 
|}}
 
|}}
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===2008===
 
===2008===
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{{SLP donor box 2008
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|name = Garofalo
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|full Name = Pat Garofalo
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110433
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|office= Minnesota House of Representatives
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 54789
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|org1 = Public Fund
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|org2 = 36th Senate District Republican Party
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|org3 = Lockridge Grindal Nauen & Holstein
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|org4 = Minnesota Auto Dealers Association
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|org5 = Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance
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|orgamount1 = 8046
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|orgamount2 = 1250
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
Listed below are the two largest contributors to Pat Garofalo's 2008 campaign.
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===2006===
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{{SLP donor box 2006
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|name = Garofalo
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|full Name = Pat Garofalo
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=82388
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|office= Minnesota House of Representatives
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 46827
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|org1 = Public Fund
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|org2 = 38th Senate District Republican Party of Minnesota
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|org3 = Citizens for Sensible Government Policy for Real Estate PAC
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|org4 = Road Building Contractors Association
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|org5 = Minnesota Associated Builders & Contractors
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|orgamount1 = 7736
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|orgamount2 = 900
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
{{legislative donor box}}
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===2004===
|-
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{{SLP donor box 2004
| [[Public financing of campaigns|Public Fund]]
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|name = Garofalo
| align="right" | $8,046
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|full Name = Pat Garofalo
|-
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=75180
| 36th Senate District Republican Party  
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|office= Minnesota House of Representatives
| align="right" | $1,250
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|new = yes
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 26363
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|org1 = Public Fund
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|org2 = Straetan Volunteer Committee
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|org3 = Steve Clark Volunteer Committee
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|org4 = 36th Senate District Republican Party of Minnesota
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|org5 = Committee of Automobile Retailers
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|orgamount1 = 7953
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|orgamount2 = 1500
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|orgamount3 = 1000
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|orgamount4 = 750
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
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==Scorecards==
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===Taxpayers League of Minnesota===
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{{The Taxpayers League of Minnesota Writeup}}
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====2013====
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{{The Taxpayers League of Minnesota house scorecard 2013|name=Garofalo|score=100|rank=5th}}
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====2012====
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{{The Taxpayers League of Minnesota house scorecard 2012|name=Garofalo|score=57|rank=47th}}
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====2011====
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{{The Taxpayers League of Minnesota house scorecard 2011|name=Garofalo|score=77|rank=54th}}
  
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==Controversies==
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===NBA tweet===
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On March 9, 2014, Garofalo posted [https://twitter.com/PatGarofalo/status/442805513697628160 the following] on his [http://twitter.com/PatGarofalo Twitter account] regarding the National Basketball Association:
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{{Quote|Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime<ref>[https://twitter.com/PatGarofalo/status/442805513697628160 ''Twitter,'' post by @PatGarofalo, March 9, 2014]</ref>}}
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Public response to what quickly became a viral tweet was mostly negative, with many users calling Garofalo's statement racist.  Garofalo responded to a query by the ''Star Tribune'', saying that he was referring to what he called the "NBA's high arrest rate" and the league's drug-testing policy.<ref>[http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/249218011.html ''Star Tribune'', "Farmington legislator's NBA tweet causes stir," March 9, 2014]</ref>  He then told Minneapolis TV station KARE that he was surprised by the backlash, arguing that his perception of a lawless "culture in all professional sports" was a criticism "that's been going on for decades."<ref>[http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/03/09/minn-lawmaker-gets-attention-for-controversial-tweet/6242429/ ''KARE'', "Minn. lawmaker gets attention for controversial tweet," March 9, 2014]</ref>  The tweet garnered 600 retweets within two hours of its posting, increasing to more than 1,000 overnight.<ref>[http://globalnews.ca/news/1197623/minnesota-legislator-pat-garofalos-nba-tweet-called-racist/ ''Associated Press'', "Minnesota legislator’s NBA tweet called racist, prompts responses," March 10, 2014]</ref>
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Shortly before noon the following day, Garofalo issued an apology through his office:
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{{Quote|In the last 24 hours, I’ve had the opportunity to re-learn one of life’s lessons: whenever any of us are offering opinions, it is best to refer to people as individuals as opposed to groups. Last night, I publicly commented on the NBA and I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized. The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country. Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize. In addition, it’s been brought to my attention that I was mistaken and the NBA policy on drug enforcement is stronger than I previously believed.  Again, I offer my sincere apologies for my comments.<ref>[http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/pressrelease.asp?pressid=7328&party=2&memid=12262 ''Minnesota House of Representatives'', "Press Release - Statement from Rep. Pat Garofalo," March 10, 2014]</ref>}}
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==Recent news==
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{{submit a bio}}
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "'''Pat + Garofalo + Minnesota + House'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Pat+Garofalo+Minnesota+House&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Pat Garofalo News Feed}}
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
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*[http://www.patgarofalo.com/ Pat Garofalo's personal website]
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*[http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?district=58B Office website]
*[http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?district=36B Minnesota House of Representatives - Rep. Garofalo]  
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*[http://www.patgarofalo.com/ Campaign website]
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=38499 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
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*[http://openstates.org/mn/legislators/MNL000139/pat-garofalo/ Profile from Open States]
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=38499 Project Vote Smart biography]
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*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=38499 Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=38499 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110433 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=75180 2004]
 
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110433 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=75180 2004]
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pat-Garofalo-For-State-Representative/116507961708678 Pat Garofalo on Facebook]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pat-Garofalo-For-State-Representative/116507961708678 Campaign Facebook page]
 
*[http://twitter.com/patgarofalo Pat Garofalo on Twitter]
 
*[http://twitter.com/patgarofalo Pat Garofalo on Twitter]
  
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Revision as of 22:25, 12 August 2014

Pat Garofalo
Garofalo.JPG
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 58B
Incumbent
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMinnesota State University, Mankato (1994)
Personal
Place of birthSt. Paul, Minnesota
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Pat Garofalo is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 58B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Garofalo earned his B.S. in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University - Mankato. His professional experience includes working as a Network Engineer with the Allianz Life Insurance Company.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy Policy, Republican-Lead
Property and Local Tax Division
Taxes

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Education

  • Excerpt: "Representative Garofalo supports local control of our schools and has worked to allow Minnesota to opt out of the No Child Left Behind mandate."

Energy

  • Excerpt: "We must keep our energy affordable even as we work to protect the environment."

Environment

  • Excerpt: "Representative Garofalo voted for Minnesota's nation leading renewable energy bill. Under this legislation, 25% of Minnesota's energy will come from renewable sources by 2025."

Abortion

  • Excerpt: "A society is best judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. Representative Garofalo's voting record shows a commitment to protecting unborn children."

Protecting Our Heritage and Our Rights

  • Excerpt: "Representative Garofalo has voted for and will continue to support legislation which protects our 2nd amendment rights."

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. Marla Vagts was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Pat Garofalo was unopposed in the Republican primary.[3][4]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Garofalo won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 58B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Jim Arlt (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 58B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Garofalo Incumbent 59.5% 12,520
     Democratic Jim Arlt 40.5% 8,512
Total Votes 21,032

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Garofalo won re-election to the District 36B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Sigrid Iversen (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 36B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Sigrid Iversen (DFL) 6,381 34.1%
Green check mark transparent.png Pat Garofalo (R) 12,317 65.81%
Write-In 17 0.09%

2008

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Garofalo won election to the District 36B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Bev Topp.[7]

Garofalo raised $54,789 for his campaign.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 36B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Pat Garofalo (R) 14,235 56.01%
Bev Topp (DFL) 11,144 43.85%
Write-In 36 0.14%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Garofalo is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Garofalo raised a total of $200,058 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[9]

Pat Garofalo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 58B Won $35,925
2010 Minnesota State House, District 36B Won $36,154
2008 Minnesota State House, District 36B Won $54,789
2006 Minnesota State House, District 36B Won $46,827
2004 Minnesota State House, District 36B Won $26,363
Grand Total Raised $200,058

2012

Garofalo won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Garofalo raised a total of $35,925.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Pat Garofalo's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,725
58th Senate District RPM$1,200
Mike Lemieur House Dist. 12B Committee$500
Teamsters Local 120$500
North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters & Joiners$500
Total Raised in 2012$35,925
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Garofalo won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Garofalo raised a total of $36,154.

2008

Garofalo won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Garofalo raised a total of $54,789.

2006

Garofalo won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Garofalo raised a total of $46,827.

2004

Garofalo won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Garofalo raised a total of $26,363.

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."[10]

2013

Garofalo received a score of 100% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 5th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[11]

2012

Garofalo received a score of 57% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 47th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[12]

2011

Garofalo received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 54th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [13]

Controversies

NBA tweet

On March 9, 2014, Garofalo posted the following on his Twitter account regarding the National Basketball Association:

Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime[14][15]

Public response to what quickly became a viral tweet was mostly negative, with many users calling Garofalo's statement racist. Garofalo responded to a query by the Star Tribune, saying that he was referring to what he called the "NBA's high arrest rate" and the league's drug-testing policy.[16] He then told Minneapolis TV station KARE that he was surprised by the backlash, arguing that his perception of a lawless "culture in all professional sports" was a criticism "that's been going on for decades."[17] The tweet garnered 600 retweets within two hours of its posting, increasing to more than 1,000 overnight.[18]

Shortly before noon the following day, Garofalo issued an apology through his office:

In the last 24 hours, I’ve had the opportunity to re-learn one of life’s lessons: whenever any of us are offering opinions, it is best to refer to people as individuals as opposed to groups. Last night, I publicly commented on the NBA and I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized. The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country. Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize. In addition, it’s been brought to my attention that I was mistaken and the NBA policy on drug enforcement is stronger than I previously believed. Again, I offer my sincere apologies for my comments.[19][15]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Garofalo
  2. "patgarofalo," Official Campaign Website
  3. Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
  4. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
  5. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  8. Follow the Money, "Garofalo, Pat," accessed March 9, 2014
  9. Follow the Money, "Garofalo, Pat." Retrieved July 17, 2013
  10. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  11. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  12. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  13. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
  14. Twitter, post by @PatGarofalo, March 9, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  16. Star Tribune, "Farmington legislator's NBA tweet causes stir," March 9, 2014
  17. KARE, "Minn. lawmaker gets attention for controversial tweet," March 9, 2014
  18. Associated Press, "Minnesota legislator’s NBA tweet called racist, prompts responses," March 10, 2014
  19. Minnesota House of Representatives, "Press Release - Statement from Rep. Pat Garofalo," March 10, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby Joe Champion (D)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 58B
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 36B
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Melissa Hortman (DFL)