NFIB MN PAC Releases Second Round of Legislative Endorsements

Date: July 11, 2022

61 elected officials earn small business backing for their Senate and House campaigns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: John Reynolds, Minnesota State Director, john.reynolds@nfib.org
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, anthony.malandra@nfib.org  

ST. PAUL, MN, July 11, 2022—The political action committee for the National Federation of Independent Businesses in Minnesota, the state’s leading small business association, today announced a second round of endorsements in races for the Minnesota Legislature.

Today’s endorsements of 61 Senate and House incumbents and House members running for the Senate were made by NFIB MN PAC. Combined with the 11 pre-primary endorsements announced June 28, it now brings to 72 the number of legislative endorsements made by the PAC.

State legislative endorsements are decided by the NFIB MN PAC Board, which is comprised of small business owners in the state. Incumbent legislative endorsements are based on the 2021-22 NFIB MN Voting Record. Lawmakers must have a score of 70 percent or better to be considered for an endorsement.

“NFIB MN PAC is pleased to endorse 61 candidates who have the backs of small business,” said John Reynolds, Minnesota state director for NFIB. “Our members understand what’s at stake, are eager to vote, and ready to help build a pro-small business majority in the Minnesota Legislature. The power of the small business voice is one of the most effective election tools any candidate can have.”

NFIB represents over 10,000 small businesses in Minnesota. The NFIB MN PAC endorsement is an important signal to voters across the state that a candidate will stand with small business. Today’s announced endorsements are:

MINNESOTA SENATE

Dist. 

Endorsed Candidate 

Dist. 

Endorsed Candidate 

Sen. Justin Eichorn 

27 

Sen. Andrew Mathews 

11 

Sen. Jason Rarick 

28 

Sen. Mark Koran 

12 

Sen. Torrey Westrom 

29 

Sen. Bruce Anderson 

14 

Tama Theis 

30 

Eric Lucero 

16 

Sen. Andrew Lang 

33 

Sen. Karin Housley 

17 

Glenn Gruenhagen 

34 

Sen. John Hoffman 

19 

Sen. John Jasinski 

35 

Sen. Jim Abeler 

20 

Steve Drazkowski 

36 

Sen. Roger Chamberlain 

22 

Sen. Rich Draheim 

37 

Sen. Warren Limmer 

24 

Sen. Carla Nelson 

48 

Sen. Julia Coleman 

26 

Sen. Jeremy Miller 

57 

Sen. Zach Duckworth 

MINNESOTA HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES

Dist. 

Endorsed Candidate 

Dist. 

Endorsed Candidate 

1A 

Rep. John Burkel 

22B 

Rep. Brian Pfarr 

1B 

Rep. Debra Kiel 

23A 

Rep. Peggy Bennett 

2A 

Rep. Matt Grossell 

23B 

Rep. Patricia Mueller 

2B 

Rep. Matt Bliss 

24A 

Rep. Duane Quam 

7A 

Rep. Spencer Igo 

27A 

Rep. Shane Mekeland 

9A 

Rep. Jeff Backer 

28A 

Rep. Brian Johnson 

11B 

Rep. Nathan Nelson 

28B 

Rep. Anne Neu Brindley 

12A 

Rep. Paul Anderson 

29A 

Rep. Joe McDonald 

12B 

Rep. Mary Franson 

29B 

Rep. Marion O’Neill 

13A 

Rep. Lisa Demuth 

30B 

Rep. Paul Novotny 

13B 

Rep. Tim O’Driscoll 

31B 

Rep. Peggy Scott 

15A 

Rep. Chris Swedzinski 

32A 

Rep. Nolan West 

15B 

Rep. Paul Torkelson 

32B 

Rep. Donald Raleigh 

16A 

Rep. Dean Urdahl 

35A 

Rep. John Heinrich 

16B 

Rep. Dave Baker 

37A 

Rep. Kristin Robbins 

18A 

Rep. Susan Akland 

48A 

Rep. Jim Nash 

19A 

Rep. Brian Daniels 

48B 

Rep. Greg Boe 

19B 

Rep. John Petersburg 

57A 

Rep. Jon Koznick 

21A 

Rep. Joe Schomacker 

58B 

Rep. Patrick Garofalo 

22A 

Rep. Bjorn Olson 

 

 

Keep up with the latest on Minnesota small business news at www.nfib.com/minnesota or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_MN.

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For almost 80 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.

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