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Sean Nienow

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Sean Nienow
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Minnesota State Senate District 32
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
Bachelor'sNorthwestern College
Date of birthMarch 9, 1968
ProfessionIndependent Consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Sean Nienow (b. March 9, 1968) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 32 since 2013. He previously represented District 17 from 2011 to 2013. He previously served in the Senate from 2003-2007.

Sean currently works as a consultant and adviser. Prior his time in the Senate he worked for American Express Financial Advisers for 14 years.


Campaign themes

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


  • Excerpt:"Generally speaking, I believe that we over-taxed and should not pursue more increases in taxes."

State Budget

  • Excerpt:"With responsible budgeting we can balance future budget without job-hindering tax increases, let businesses expand and grow jobs, and get the state back on the sound financial footing it was on when I first left the MN Senate in 2007- and left Minnesota with a $2 Billion budget Surplus!"

Jobs and Economic Growth

  • Excerpt:"Without employers there can’t be employees. We must create an employer-friendly environment to expand the Minnesota economy. We need to restructure our tax, regulation, permitting & licensing, and work to make get state bureaucracies in a supporting role for job creation rather than a barrier to job creation."

Health Care

  • Excerpt:"Our health care system needs dramatic changes to help improve service and reduce costs. We must reform medical malpractice system, which now mostly benefits trial lawyers. We need to open up free market competition so that more providers can compete offering better less-expensive options."


  • Excerpt:"Our education system is in dire need of improvements and reform. We need more local control with less state involvement and fewer mandates. Equity in the convoluted and archaic funding formula is desperately needed, so that schools in other parts of Minnesota are not receiving upwards of twice as much per student as our local districts."

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Health, Human Services and Housing


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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Sean Nienow endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Nienow won election in District 32 in 2012 due to redistricting. He was unopposed in the August 14 Republican primary and defeated Jeske Noordergraaf (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Nienow Incumbent 54.3% 21,955
     Democratic Jeske Noordergraaf 45.7% 18,450
Total Votes 40,405


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Nienow had no opponent in the primary. He defeated incumbent Rick Olseen (DFL) in the general election. [5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 17 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sean Nienow (R) 21171 56.01%
Rick Olseen (DFL) 16569 43.83%
Write-In 62 0.16%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Nienow received $30,963 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sean Nienow's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$11,294
Eastlund Volunteer Cmtee$2,400
Isanti County Republicans$1,100
Chisago County Rpm$1,000
Hamilton, Harold E$500
Total Raised in 2010 $30,963

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Nienow and his wife Cyndy have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Warren Limmer (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 32
Febuary 2013–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Rick Olseen (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
Lyle Koenen (DFL)