Ed Gruchalla

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Ed Gruchalla
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 45
Incumbent
In office
2006-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sValley City State University, 1975
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1967-1973
Personal
BirthdayOctober 2, 1947
Place of birthJamestown, ND
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ed Gruchalla (b. October 2, 1947) is a Democratic-NPL member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. In the 2013 session, Gruchalla serves as Minority Caucus Leader.

Biography

Gruchalla earned a B.S. in Education from Valley City State University. He also graduated from the Northwest School of Police Staff and Command. His professional experience includes working as an investigator and Sergeant with the North Dakota Highway Patrol. He served in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1973.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Industry, Business and Labor
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Gruchalla served on the following committee:

Elections

2014

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Ed Gruchalla and Brenda Warren were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Mary Johnson and Tom Kading were unopposed in the Republican primary. Gruchalla, Warren, Johnson and Kading will face off in the general election.[2][3]

2010

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gruchalla won re-election to one of two seats in District 45 of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Gruchalla and Joe Heilman (R) defeated Prairie Rose Seminole (D) and Andrew Marschall (R) in the November 2 general election.[4][5]

North Dakota State House, District 45
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Heilman (R) 2,350
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Gruchalla (D) 1,923
Andrew Marschall (R) 1,915
Prairie Rose Seminole (D) 1,379

2006

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Gruchalla won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 45 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[6]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 45
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Gruchalla (D-NPL) 1,798
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Berg (R) 1,935
Barry N Nelson (D-NPL) 1,695
LeRoy G Bernstein (R) 1,551

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Gruchalla received $3,025 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

North Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ed Gruchalla's campaign in 2010
North Dakota Public Employees Association$500
House Democratic-NPL Caucus Of North Dakota$500
North Dakota Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives$400
Independent Community Banks Of North Dakota$300
Marathon Oil$300
Total Raised in 2010 $3,025

2006

In 2006, Gruchalla collected $900 in donations.[8]

These were hiscontributors in 2006.

Donor Amount
NORTH DAKOTA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS $400
MARY EKSTROM CAMPAIGN $250
DAK PAC $250

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[9] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[10] Gruchalla received a score of 9.64% on policy legislation and voted against 2.41% of state spending. Gruchalla was ranked 81st on policy and 78th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[11]

Personal

Gruchalla and his wife, Rennae, have three children. They currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.[1]

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