Chris Gerlach

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Chris Gerlach
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Minnesota State Senate District 37
Former Member
In office
2004 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
1999 to 2005
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Saint Thomas
Master'sUniversity of South Dakota
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Personal
BirthdayNovember 17, 1964
Place of birthApple Valley, MN
ProfessionMarketing/Real Estate
ReligionCovenant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Chris Gerlach is a former Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 36 from 2004 to 2013 and serving as an Assistant Majority Leader. He was first elected in a special election in 2004. Before becoming a Senator, Gerlach was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005.

Gerlach graduated with his Bachelor's Degree from St. Thomas and later earned his Master's in Business Administration from South Dakota. Gerlach is a Real Estate Agent when the Senate is not in session.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Gerlach served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Gerlach announced he would not seek re-election in 2012 in order to be up to spend more time with his family and working on his direct mail business.[2]

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Gerlach won re-election to the 37th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Michael Germain ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 37 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Gerlach (R) 20622 59.55%
Michael Germain (DFL) 13984 40.38%
Write-In 23 0.07%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Gerlach won re-election to the 37th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Michael Germain (DFL).[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 37 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Gerlach (R) 18,847 54.29%
Michael Germain {DFL) 15,835 45.61%
Write-In 35 0.10%

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Gerlach received $41,745 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris Gerlach's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$13,644
Minnesota Association Of Realtors$500
Minnesota Credit Union Network$500
Minnesota Grocers Association$500
Associated Builders & Contractors$500
Total Raised in 2010 $41,745

2006

In 2006, Gerlach collected $56,414 in donations.[5]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $15,564
Senate District 37 $1,000
Committee to Elect Michele Bachman $500
Small Independent Telephone Companies/SITCO $500
Pine Bend PAC $500

Scorecards

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."[6]

2012

Gerlach received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 4th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[7]

2011

Gerlach received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 32nd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]

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Personal

Gerlach is married to his wife Shelli, they have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Minnesota State Senate District 37
2004–2013
Succeeded by
Alice M. Johnson (DFL)