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Steve Drazkowski
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 21B
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Assistant Minority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedAugust 7, 2007
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayNovember 27, 1964
Place of birthWinona, Minnesota
ProfessionCo-Owner, Decor and Gift Shopping
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Steve Drazkowski (b. November 27, 1964) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 21B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. In the 2013 legislative session, Drazkowski served as an Assistant Minority Leader.

Biography

Drazkowski's professional experience includes working as co-owner of Decor and Gift Shopping, Minnesota Field Director for Whitetails Unlimited, Agriculture Educator at University of Minnesota Extension Service, County Extension Agriculture Agent for Hinckley, and a marketing employee for the Vision Design Group.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations
Judiciary Finance and Policy
Taxes

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Energy

  • Excerpt: "It is time for Minnesota to be a leader in establishing energy independence, not simply establishing an energy standard. Minnesota’s working families are paying more than ever before for energy – and there are no signs of that trend reversing."

Education

  • Excerpt: "State mandates threaten the ability of our schools to provide high quality education at reasonable funding levels. Steve strongly favors reducing state mandates for schools, simplifying the state’s funding formulas to make them easier for all to understand, increasing local school board control, and introducing performance pay for teachers."

Marriage

  • Excerpt: "Marriage is a time-tested and sacred institution between one man and one woman. Steve firmly believes that Minnesotans should be given the opportunity to vote upon the constitutional definition of marriage for our state."

Guns

  • Excerpt: "Steve highly values gun ownership, personal protection, and the second amendment. He believes that our right to own and bear arms shall not be infringed, period."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Draz believes that personal choice and personal responsibility have been removed from our system, creating a government-driven momentum for health care price increases."

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. Lynn Schoen was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Tim Kelly was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kelly faces Schoen in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Drazkowski won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 21A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Bruce Montplaisir (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 21B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Drazkowski Incumbent 58% 11,759
     Democratic Bruce Montplaisir 42% 8,511
Total Votes 20,270

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Drazkowski won re-election to the District 28B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Mark A. Schneider (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 28B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Mark A. Schneider (DFL) 5,160 34.77%
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Drazkowski (R) 9,669 65.15%
Write-In 12 0.08%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Drazkowski won election to the District 28B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Linda Pfeilsticker. [8]

Drazkowski raised $33,422 for his campaign.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 28B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Drazkowski (R) 10980 54.75%
Linda Pfeilsticker (DFL) 9050 45.13%
Write-In 24 0.12%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Drazkowski is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Drazkowski raised a total of $136,765 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[10][11]

Steve Drazkownksi's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 21B Won $18,291
2010 Minnesota State House, District 28B Won $32,542
2008 Minnesota State House, District 28B Won $33,422
2006 Minnesota State House, District 28 Defeated $52,510
Grand Total Raised $136,765

2012

Drazkowski won re-election to the Minnesota Hosue of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Drazkowski raised a total of $18,291.
Minnesota Hosue of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Drazkowski's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$2,931
Winona County RPM$500
Cummins, Robert$500
Wabasha County RPM$500
Cummins, Joan$500
Total Raised in 2012$18,291
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Drazkowski won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Drazkowski raised a total of $32,542.

2008

Drazkowski won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Drazkowski raised a total of $33,422.

2006

Drazkowski lost the election for the Minnesota State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Drazkowski raised a total of $52,510.

Scorecards

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2014

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

Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."[12]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

2013

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

Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."[13]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[14]
Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."[15]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.

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."[16]

2013

Drazkowski received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 53rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2012

Drazkowski received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 15th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[18]

2011

Drazkowski received a score of 92% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 5th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [19]

Personal

Drazkowski is married with one child. He has been a member of Ducks Unlimited, Frontenac Sportsmen's Club, Lake City Sportsmen's Club, Midwest Forage Association, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, National Future Farmers of America Alumni Association, National Rifle Association, and the Southeast Minnesota Agricultural Alliance.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Drazkowski
  2. "draz," 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, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  9. Follow the Money's report on Drazkowski's 2008 campaign contributions
  10. Follow the Money, "Drazkowski, Steve." Retrieved July 11, 2013
  11. Follow the Money, "Drazkowski, Steve." Retrieved July 11, 2013
  12. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  13. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  14. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  15. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  16. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Torkelson (R)
Minnesota State House District 21B
2013- present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 28B
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Gregory Davids (R)