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Campaigns & Elections

Campaigns & Elections

No matter what time of year, Minnesota credit unions must understand the importance of being involved in the political process. More than 1.5 million credit union members reside in our state alone and have the capability to shape any election. Throughout the year, credit union professionals and volunteers are encouraged to form and cultivate relationships with elected officials and those vying for political office. It is important to make your voice heard and help elect credit union-friendly candidates to positions on the state and federal level.

CUs see success in 2012 elections 

Minnesota credit unions brought their political influence to the polls this year as 93 percent of credit union-supported candidates were elected to the Minnesota Legislature for 2013. These winning candidates were supported by contributions to the Minnesota Credit Union Network's (MnCUN's) Credit Union Volunteer Fund (CUVOL), which ensures that the credit union voice is heard at the state Capitol by supporting those who believe in and will advocate for the movement.

CUVOL contributed to 71 candidates during the 2012 election and demonstrated bipartisan support, with 48 percent donated to Democrats and 52 percent donated to Republicans. Of the 71 candidates supported by Minnesota credit unions, 66 won their respective elections.

"With a 93 percent success rate, our election efforts help to build the foundation for solid credit union support at the state Capitol,” said MnCUN Vice President – Governmental Affairs Mara Humphrey. "Our strong bipartisan support in the Minnesota Legislature will help to ensure that credit union issues and viewpoints will be considered during the upcoming legislative session.”


Election Cycles

The information below lists the various state and federal offices, terms, and election cycles.


State or Federal Office


Term & Election Cycle


President of the United States


·         President Barack Obama

Four-year term, elected in 2012

Members of the U.S. Senate


·         Sen. Amy Klobuchar, elected in 2012

·         Sen. Al Franken, elected in 2008

Senators elected on staggered six-year terms (1/3 up for election every two years)

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Two-year terms, last elected in 2012

All 134 Members of the Minnesota House

Two-year terms, last elected in 2012

All 67 Members of the Minnesota Senate

Four-year terms, last elected in 2012

Governor of Minnesota


·         Gov. Mark Dayton

Four-year term, elected in 2010

Minnesota’s Constitutional Officers


·         Attorney General Lori Swanson

·         Secretary of State Mark Ritchie

·         State Auditor Rebecca Otto

Four-year terms, elected in 2010


2012 Credit Union Voter Guide

In the summer of 2012, the Minnesota Credit Union Network contacted every individual aspiring to represent Minnesota in Congress and the state Senate and House of Representatives. Each candidate received a five-question survey that asked about their support of the issues important to credit unions. Below are the results from this survey, which individuals can use to discover their elected officials' position on credit union issues. 

2012 Credit Union Voter Guide