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Phyllis Kahn
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 60B
Incumbent
In office
1973 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 41
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 1972
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCornell University
Master'sHarvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Ph.D.Yale University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 23, 1937
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionLegislator
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Phyllis Kahn (b. March 23, 1937) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 60B. She was first elected to the chamber in 1972.

Biography

Kahn earned her B.A. in Physics from Cornell University, M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Ph.D. in Biophysics from Yale University. Her professional experience includes working as a Genetics Research Associate at the University of Minnesota from 1965 to 1974.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
Government Operations
Legacy, Chair
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Accolades

In 2009, Governing magazine named Kahn as one of eight "Public Officials of the Year" for her legislative record, particularly her work on women's rights.[2] Other honorees included Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed. In 1994, Governing began its program of selecting a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program was started to "[recognize] leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."[3]

Election history

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Khan won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 60B. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Kody Zalewski (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 60B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhyllis Kahn Incumbent 78.6% 12,472
     Republican Kody Zalewski 21.4% 3,392
Total Votes 15,864

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kahn won re-election to the District 59B Seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Ole Hovde (R), Dan Craigie (G) and Ron Lischeid (Independence Party of Minnesota) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 59B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phyllis Kahn (DFL) 7,353 66.97%
Ole Hovde (R) 2,074 18.89%
Dan Craigie (G) 1,035 9.43%
Ron Lischeid 491 4.47%
Write-In 26 0.24%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Kahn won election to the District 59B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Ole Hovde and Ron Lischeid. [7]

Kahn raised $37,460 for her campaign.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 59B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phyllis Kahn (DFL) 12,037 66.98%
Ole Hovde (R) 4,463 24.84%
Ron Lischeid (I) 1,393 7.75%
Write-In 77 0.43%

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Kahn received $26,032 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phyllis Kahn's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$8,177
Minneapolis Police Relief Association$1,000
Minnesota Teachers Retirement Association$500
Minneapolis Federation Of Teachers Local 59$500
ACBC/Minnesota PAC$500
Total Raised in 2010 $26,032

2008

Listed below is the largest contributor to Kahn's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $8,090

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

Kahn received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 107th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[11]

2012

Kahn received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 68th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[12]

2011

Kahn received a score of 15% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 80th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [13]

Personal

Kahn has been a member of the American Association for Advancement of Science, American Youth Hostel Association, Association of Non-Smokers, League of American Cyclists, Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists, Minnesota Distance Running Association, National Organization for Women, Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Hornstein (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 60B
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 59B
1973–2013
Succeeded by
Raymond Dehn (DFL)