Voter's Guide
The Twins bill passed. Yipeee.

Please note!!!: This page has not been updated yet to reflect the actual vote! As you probably know, the 2006 Twins stadium bill passed 76-55. Stay tuned for a Senate version (I think).

Welcome to the Greet Machine Voter's Guide. The goal of this voter's guide is to list members of the Minnesota House of Representatives that are stadium friendly. Our legislature has sat idly by for too long on this issue. Ballpark costs continue to increase while our legislators continue to argue and play partisan politics. This issue needs to be solved and we need energetic, thoughtful, and intelligent legislators that are willing to negotiate and hammer out a deal. Needless to say, the group of stumblebums in St. Paul last session were none of the above.

Please, if you see any errors, or you would like to help finish the list off, please let me know by sending me a comment or sending me an email.


Current breakdown:
   Pro-stadium legislators: 72
   Anti-stadium legislators: 59
   Unknown: 3

District 1A
Maxine Penas, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium
Voted in favor of the 2002 Twins stadium bill. Formerly a no.
 
District 1B
Bernie L. Lieder, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Bernie has sat on the fence too long.
 
District 2A
Kent Eken, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has stated that he is not against "locally levied taxes in the metro." I think he would vote for the Hennepin County plan.
 
District 2B
Brita Sailer, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has stated that she supports the Hennepin County plan
 
District 3A
Irv Anderson, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted yes on 2006 Taxes Committee.
 
District 3B
Loren A. Solberg, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Solberg favors a Gopher stadium, and served on the Stadium Task Force. He has also tried to amend the current Twins stadium bill to include a retractable roof through TIF financing.
 
District 4A
Frank Moe, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the 2005 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 4B
Larry Howes, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Howes voted no on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in 2006 in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 5A
Tom Rukavina, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium
Proposed to extend car rental and liquor taxes in metro area to pay for stadiums in 2004. I loved that plan. It just made too much sense I guess. Voted yes on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 5B
Anthony (Tony) Sertich, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Although he whined heavily when the Twins were trying to make Victory Sports work, he understands that his constituents would complain even more if the Twins were gone all together.
 
District 6A
David Dill, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the 2005/2006 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 6B
Mary Murphy, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Only because Murphy voted against the 2002 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 7A
Thomas Huntley, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Member of Ways and Means committee that voted for Pawlenty/Sviggum stadium bill last session.
 
District 7B
Mike Jaros, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Jaros is very critical of helping to find a stadium solution. Voted no on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 8A
Bill Hilty, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium: Bill Hilty
Voted for 2002 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 8B
Judy Soderstrom, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Voted against the 2006 Gophers stadium bill.
 
District 9A
Morrie Lanning, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has said that his constituents favor a Twins stadium and has voted in favor of stadium bills before. Voted yes on the 2006 Twins stadium in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 9B
Paul Marquart, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has said that his constituents favor a Twins stadium and has voted in favor of stadium bills before. Voted yes in the 2006 Taxes Committee.
 
District 10A
Bud Nornes, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has voted in favor of stadium bills in the past.
 
District 10B
Dean Simpson, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has voted in favor of stadium bills before. Voted yes on 2006 Twins stadium bill in Taxes Committee.
 
District 11A
Torrey Westrom, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Has said there are "better areas to spend the state's resources. These are quite lean times."
 
District 11B
Mary Ellen Otremba, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Otremba has consistently been anti-stadium in the past.
 
District 12A
Paul Gazelka, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
Voted against the 2006 Gophers stadium bill.
 
District 12B
Greg Blaine, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Only because he voted in favor of the 2002 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 13A
Bud Heidgerken, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
When push comes to shove, I think he would vote for the Hennepin County plan. He has spoken favorably concerning stadium legislation before.
 
District 13B
Al Juhnke, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Stadium Task Force member and willing to judge a plan by its merits.
 
District 14A
Dan Severson, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has said he will support the Hennepin County plan.
 
District 14B
Larry Hosch, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the 2005 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 15A
Jim Knoblach, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Knoblach voted against Pawlenty/Sviggum bill last session and scores a perfect 100% on Taxpayer's League web site. Voted no on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 15B
Larry Haws, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Haws voted against the 2006 Gophers stadium bill. Will likely vote agains the Hennepin County plan.
 
District 16A
Sondra Erickson, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium/unknown:
Erickson scored a perfect 100% on the Taxpayer's League web site and has said she is against any public financing. Maybe 2006 will be different.
 
District 16B
Mark Olson, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium/unknown:
Olson scored a perfect 100% on the Taxpayer's League web site and voted against the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee.
 
District 17A
Rob Eastlund, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium/unknown:
Eastlund scored a perfect 100% on the Taxpayer's League web site.
 
District 17B
Pete Nelson, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the 2005/2006 Twins stadium bill. Also voted yes on the 2006 Twins stadium plan in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 18A
Scott Newman, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
Newman could be a yes. It sounds like he is unsure of himself. He seems to like the Hennepin County plan, but he wants a referendum. He will stay no for now.
 
District 18B
Dean Urdahl, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Dean is a big baseball fan and a friend of the Twins and stadiums.
 
District 19A
Bruce Anderson, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium/unknown:
Anderson scored a perfect 100% on the Taxpayer's League web site.
 
District 19B
Tom Emmer, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
 
District 20A
Aaron Peterson, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted in favor of the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee.
 
District 20B
Lyle Koenen, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the 2005/2006 Twins stadium bill. Voted yes on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 21A
Marty Seifert, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Seifert scored a perfect 100% on the Taxpayer's League web site and voted against Pawlenty/Sviggum bill on Ways and Means committee last year. He also voted against the Hennepin County bill in the Governmental Operations committee in 2005.
 
District 21B
Brad Finstad, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the Pawlenty/Sviggum bill last session.
 
District 22A
Doug Magnus, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Member of Taxes committee that voted for Twins/Vikings stadium bill in 2004.
 
District 22B
Rod Hamilton, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of 2005 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 23A
Ruth Johnson, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted in favor of the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee in 2005.
 
District 23B
John Dorn, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Member of Ways and Means committee that voted for Pawlenty/Sviggum stadium bill.
 
District 24A
Bob Gunther, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Member of Ways and Means committee that voted for Pawlenty/Sviggum stadium bill.
 
District 24B
Tony Cornish, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
Wants the Twins to put up at least half.
 
District 25A
Laura Brod, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Brod voted for the Pawlenty/Sviggum bill in 2004 in the Ways and Means committee. One of the authors of the 2006 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 25B
Ray Cox, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Special thanks to Ryan Maus of TwinsChatter for his help with this pick! Might be a no.
 
District 26A
Connie Ruth, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Member of Ways and Means committee that voted for Pawlenty/Sviggum stadium bill last session.
 
District 26B
Patti Fritz, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the 2005 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 27A
Dan Dorman, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Dorman has written to tell me he will be voting "yes" on the Hennepin County stadium bill.
 
District 27B
Jeanne Poppe, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted for Hennepin County plan in 2005.
 
District 28A
Jerry Dempsey, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Dempsey made an emotional outburst in 2004 in the Taxes committee complaining over special interests working over the Pawlenty/Sviggum bill. However, he still had the guts to vote in favor of the bill. Also stood up for the Twins in the Governmental Operations committee. I'm starting to really like this guy.
 
District 28B
Steve Sviggum, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Supports the Hennepin County plan because it does not cost his own constituents anything.
 
District 29A
Randy Demmer, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Demmer is definitely pro-stadium and actually thought highly of Pawlenty's TIF financing plan.
 
District 29B
Fran Bradley, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Member of Ways and Means committee that voted for Pawlenty/Sviggum stadium bill in 2004. Also has vocally supported stadium financing.
 
District 30A
Tina Liebling, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has expressed her opposition to state financing of stadiums in the past, but she voted in favor of the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee in 2005.
 
District 30B
Andy Welti, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has expressed his opposition to state financing of stadiums, but has come out in favor of the Hennepin County plan.
 
District 31A
Gene Pelowski, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
 
District 31B
Gregory M. Davids, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted yes on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 32A
Joyce Peppin, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Said she would not support the Hennepin County plan in 2005. Maybe 2006 will be different.
 
District 32B
Kurt Zellers, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Zellers scores a perfect 100% on the Taxpayer's League web site. Voted no on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 33A
Steve Smith, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Smith voted against the Pawlenty/Sviggum bill in the Ways and Means committee in 2004.
 
District 33B
Barb Sykora, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted in favor of 2002 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 34A
Paul Kohls, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Kohls has voted against stadium bills in the past. Voted against the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 34B
Joe Hoppe, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Hoppe voted in favor of the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee in 2005.
 
District 35A
Mike Beard, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Beard voted in favor of the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee in 2005.
 
District 35B
Mark Buesgens, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium/unknown:
Buesgens scored a perfect 100% on Taxpayer's League web site.
 
District 36A
Mary Liz Holberg, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Holberg scores a perfect 100% on the Taxpayer's League web site and was the lone dissenting vote on the Stadium Task Force 2004 recommendation to build two stadiums.
 
District 36B
Pat Garofalo, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the 2005 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 37A
Lloyd Cybart, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium: Lloyd Cybart
Supports building stadiums.
 
District 37B
Dennis Ozment, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Member of Ways and Means committee that voted for Pawlenty/Sviggum stadium bill in 2004.
 
District 38A
Tim Wilkin, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
In the past, Wilkin has not supported a private/public partnership to build a new stadium.
 
District 38B
Lynn Wardlow, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Wardlow supports the governor's plan to build stadiums and is an avid Twins and Vikings fan. Voted in favor of the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee in 2005.
 
District 39A
Rick Hansen, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Supports private funding for pro sports stadiums (gutsy position) Is open to public funding for the U of M (thanks to Jim in St. Paul for this information).
 
District 39B
Joe Atkins, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted yes on 2006 Twins stadium bill in Taxes Committee.
 
District 40A
Duke Powell, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Powell scores a perfect 100% on the Taxpayer's League web site and has not supported a Twins stadium effort in the past.
 
District 40B
Ann Lenczewski, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Lenczewski has voted against stadium financing in the past and has already made it clear she will vote against the Hennepin County plan.
 
District 41A
Ron Erhardt, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Erhardt voted against Pawlenty/Sviggum bill in Ways and Means committee in 2004. Also voted no on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 41B
Neil W. Peterson, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has publicly stated that he supports the Hennepin County Twins stadium proposal.
 
District 42A
Maria Ruud, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Ruud has said she will not vote for the Hennepin County plan in its current form. Who knows, maybe new negotiations and a new plan will change her mind.
 
District 42B
Erik Paulsen, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Paulsen is anti-stadium and killed any chance for a special session in 2005 thereby costing taxpayers millions of extra dollars.
 
District 43A
Jeff Johnson, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Has said he supports stadium financing, although he also wants a referendum in any taxing district. Tells you what you want to hear, but in the end I don't think he'll vote for a stadium.
 
District 43B
Ron Abrams, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Abrams consistently thwarts stadium efforts.
 
District 44A
Steve Simon, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Given the state’s budget gap, Simon said supporting a new stadium for the Twins, Vikings or University of Minnesota Gophers would be a difficult sell. "However, I think government can have a meaningful role to play, when we’re on more stable ground funding-wise." If the state was on firmer financial footing, Simon said in his position the Twins should be the first in line to receive a new stadium. "For one thing, the Twins play in a football stadium, and they bring in a lot of revenue with approximately 80 home games. The Vikings only have eight or nine."
 
District 44B
Ron Latz, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Wishy-washy at best, but in the end I think he would not vote for a Twins stadium.
 
District 45A
Sandra Peterson, D
UnknownUnknown
 
District 45B
Lyndon R. Carlson, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Only because Carlson voted against the Pawlnenty/Sviggum bill in the last session in the Ways and Means Committee. To be fair, he did vote for the 2002 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 46A
Mike Nelson, D
UnknownUnknown
 
District 46B
Debra Hilstrom, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the 2005 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 47A
Denise R. Dittrich, D
UnknownUnknown
Replaces a pro-stadium legislator in Bill Haas.
 
District 47B
Melissa Hortman, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Hortman is definitely willing to listen and negotiate and she understands the economic impact stadiums can have in Minnesota.
 
District 48A
Tom Hackbarth, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Hackbarth deserves some credit for his efforts to use gambling proceeds to fund stadiums. However, he did vote against the 2002 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 48B
Jim Abeler, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the Pawlenty/Sviggum stadium bill last session.
 
District 49A
Chris Delaforest, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Most likely anti-stadium due to recent results of a voter survey he conducted. Rumored to have stormed out of the Taxes Committee in 2006 before he even voted.
 
District 49B
Kathy Tingelstad, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Tingelstad voted against the 2002 Twins stadium bill, but has come out in strong favor of the Hennepin County plan.
 
District 50A
Barb Goodwin, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Goodwin does not support state financing of stadiums.
 
District 50B
Char Samuelson, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Samuelson voted in favor of the Hennepin County plan in the Local Government Committee 2005.
 
District 51A
Andy Westerberg, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted yes on the Twins stadium bill in 2006 in the Taxes Committee. Author of 2006 Vikings stadium bill.
 
District 51B
Connie Bernardy, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
Voted no on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in Taxes Committee.
 
District 52A
Ray Vandeveer, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
Voted no on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 52B
Matt Dean, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Has already said he is against state funding for a Gopher's stadium so I think it is safe to assume he would be against a Twins or Vikings stadium.
 
District 53A
Phil Krinkie, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
Seriously, if you have to ask then you haven't been paying attention and you are the perfect example of why a referendum on a stadium is such a bad idea.
 
District 53B
Doug Meslow, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium
One of the authors of the 2005 Twins stadium bill. Thanks to Bob Hagen for verification of this.
 
District 54A
Mindy Greiling, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Greiling has made it very clear she opposes state financing of stadiums. Maybe she will see the light in 2006.
 
District 54B
Bev Scalze, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium
Has indicated she will vote in favor of the Hennepin County stadium proposal. Thanks to Kevin for this information.
 
District 55A
Leon M. Lillie, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium: One of the authors of 2005 Twins stadium bill.
 
District 55B
Nora Slawik, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Slawik has voted against Twins stadium bill(s) in the past, but she is one of the authors of the 2005 Twins stadium bill. Can people change their minds? I guess so.
 
District 56A
Mike Charron, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted for Hennepin County plan in 2005 Local Government Committee.
 
District 56B
Karen Klinzing, R
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
According to a recent constituent survey, Woodbury residents are against funding stadiums.
 
District 57A
Katie Sieben, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted for the 2004 Twins/Vikings bill in the House Taxes Committee in 2004. Voted yes on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 57B
Denny McNamara, R
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has spoken favorably towards stadium financing in the past. Voted in favor of the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee in 2005.
 
District 58A
Joe Mullery, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Voted no on the 2006 Twins stadium plan in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 58B
Keith Ellison, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Ellison did introduce a bill in 2004 to honor Carl Eller and his induction into Canton, but voted against the 2006 Gophers stadium bill.
 
District 59A
Diane Loeffler, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Loeffler voted against the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee in 2005.
 
District 59B
Phyllis Kahn, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Kahn has said she will not support any stadium effort unless there is community ownership of the Twins. Maybe 2006 will be different.
 
District 60A
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Member of Ways and Means committee that voted for Pawlenty/Sviggum stadium bill last session, and one of the authors of the bill. Has also indicated she will support the Hennepin County plan.
 
District 60B
Frank Hornstein, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Hornstein is anti-stadium and has verified as much in a personal letter to me.
 
District 61A
Karen Clark, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Clark has not been a friend of stadiums in the past.
 
District 61B
Neva Walker, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Could be a yes in 2006. Walker voted against Pawlenty/Sviggum bill in 2004 in the Ways and Means Committee.
 
District 62A
Jim Davnie, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
Voted no on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 62B
Jean Wagenius, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
Has already said she will not support the Hennepin County Twins stadium plan.
 
District 63A
Paul Thissen, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Has indicated he will support the Hennepin County Twins stadium plan. Thanks to Bob Hagen for verification of this.
 
District 63B
Dan Larson, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
 
District 64A
Matt Entenza, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Entenza has said he is anti-stadium, but he may be softening a bit.
 
District 64B
Michael Paymar, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Voted against the Hennepin County proposal in the Local Government Committee 2005. Will 2006 be different?
 
District 65A
Cy Thao, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Thao voted in favor of the Hennepin County proposal in the Local Government Committee 2005.
 
District 65B
Carlos Mariani, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium
 
District 66A
John Lesch, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
Voted yes on the 2006 Twins stadium bill in the Taxes Committee.
 
District 66B
Alice Hausman, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Hausman voted against the Sviggum/Pawlenty bill in 2004 as a member of the Taxes Committee. Maybe she'll like the 2006 plan better.
 
District 67A
Tim Mahoney, D
Pro-stadiumPro-stadium:
One of the authors of the Pawlenty/Sviggum stadium bill in 2004. Also voted in favor of the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee n 2005.
 
District 67B
Sheldon Johnson, D
anti-stadiumAnti-stadium:
Sheldon Johnson did not vote in favor of the 2002 Twins stadium bill and has voted against the Hennepin County plan in the Governmental Operations committee (2005).

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