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Paul Thissen
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 61B
Incumbent
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.University of Chicago
Personal
BirthdayDecember 10, 1966
Place of birthBloomington, Minnesota
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul Thissen (b. December 10, 1966) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 61B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. Thissen currently serves as Speaker of the House; he is a former Minority Leader.

Biography

Thissen earned his A.B. from Harvard University and J.D. from the University of Chicago. His professional experience includes working as a Lawyer/Partner with the office of Briggs and Morgan, a lawyer in the Minnesota Public Defender's Office, and as a law clerk to The Honorable James B. Loken, United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

In the 2013 legislative session, Thissen did not serve on a committee.

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Aging & Seniors

  • Excerpt: "We should build communities that allow all ages to thrive and help older Minnesotans live independently and with dignity."

Agriculture

  • Excerpt: "Strong family farms are essential to the continued viability of rural communities and to our entire state. I will fight to provide stability and predictability, as well as new opportunities, to allow family farmers to thrive — for this generation and the next."

Choice

  • Excerpt: "The United States Constitution guarantees a woman’s right to choose. Paul Thissen supports each woman’s right to make personal medical decisions with her physician."

Civil Rights

  • Excerpt: "Minnesota should be a place where ALL individuals are treated fairly and protected from discrimination based on their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or age."

Economy

  • Excerpt: "We need to step up our game in seeking solutions that create jobs by strengthen strengthening the middle class and support the many bold Minnesotans who are striving to embark on new careers."

Election history

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Thissen won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 61B. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Nate Atkins (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 61B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Thissen Incumbent 81.6% 19,748
     Republican Nate Atkins 18.4% 4,448
Total Votes 24,196

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Thissen won re-election to the District 63A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Nathan Atkins (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 63A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Thissen (DFL) 10,988 70.61%
Nathan Atkins (R) 4,558 29.29%
Write-In 15 0.1%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Paul Thissen won election to the District 63A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Rene Ramirez. [6]

Paul Thissen raised $52,030 for his campaign.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 63A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Thissen (DFL) 15,314 74.24%
Rene Ramirez (R) 5,280 25.60%
Write-In 34 0.16%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thissen is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Thissen raised a total of $242,362 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[8]

Paul Thissen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 61B Won $43,770
2010 Minnesota State House, District 63A Won $20,976
2008 Minnesota State House, District 63A Won $52,030
2006 Minnesota State House, District 63A Won $49,463
2004 Minnesota State House, District 63A Won $45,063
2002 Minnesota State House, District 63A Won $31,060
Grand Total Raised $242,362

2012

Thissen won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Thissen raised a total of $43,770.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Thissen's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$9,430
Minnesota Society of CPAs$500
Mah Mah Wi No Min$500
Faegre & Benson$500
Prairie Island Indian Community$500
Total Raised in 2012$43,770
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Thissen won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Thissen raised a total of $20,976.

2008

Thissen won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Thissen raised a total of $52,030.

2006

Thissen won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Thissen raised a total of $49,463.

2004

Thissen won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Thissen raised a total of $45,063.

2002

Thissen won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Thissen raised a total of $31,060.

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."[9]

2013

Thissen received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 77th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[10]

2012

Thissen received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 110th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[11]

2011

Thissen received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 114th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [12]

Personal

Thissen is married with three children. He has been a Board Member/Officer of the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, and a member of the Health Care Access Commission and the Health Transformation Task Force.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Susan Allen (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 61B
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 63A
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Jim Davnie (DFL)