|Minnesota State Senate, District 16|
|2011 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Minnesota|
|Birthday||January 14, 1947|
|Profession||Owner, Dahms Insurance Agency|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Issues
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Dahms earned his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience includes working as the owner of Dahms Insurance Agency.
Dahms's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "As legislators we have to balance the budget, and raising taxes should not be the solution; decreasing spending should be."
- Excerpt: "We must create a business environment in Minnesota that encourages research and development, job growth, business expansion and the attraction of new businesses."
- Excerpt: "Education in rural Minnesota needs to be cutting edge in order to provide an education for our students which will enable them to compete in a global economy."
- Excerpt: "We need to decrease the size of government by making it more efficient and accountable."
- Excerpt: "We support today's agriculture of innovation and diversification. We must protect our food, fiber, feed, flowers, and fuel producers to allow our rural economy to thrive."
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Dahms served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dahms served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Rural Economies, Vice-chair|
|• Commerce and Consumer Protection|
|• Environment and Natural Resources|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
|Minnesota State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Gary Dahms Incumbent||53.1%||20,922|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
|Minnesota State Senate, District 21 (2010)|
|Gary Dahms (R)||16597||62.26%|
|Al Kruse (DFL)||10021||37.59%|
Comprehensive donor information for Dahms is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Dahms raised a total of $98,869 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.
|Gary Dahms's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota Senate, District 16||$57,459|
|2010||Minnesota Senate, District 21||$41,410|
|Grand Total Raised||$98,869|
2012Dahms won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Dahms raised a total of $57,459.
|Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Gary Dahms's campaign in 2012|
|Brown County Republican Party of Minnesota||$2,000|
|Lyon County Republican Party of Minnesota||$1,150|
|Redwood County Republican Party of Minnesota||$800|
|Lac Qui Parle Republican Party of Minnesota||$750|
|Total Raised in 2012||$57,459|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Dahms raised $41,410 in contributions.
His four largest contributors were:
|Dahms, Gary H||$3,000|
|Brown County RPM||$2,500|
|Redwood County RPM||$1,500|
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."
Dahms and his wife, Barb, have two children.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- Campaign Facebook page
- "dahmsforsenate," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "State of Minnesota Canvassing Report," accessed May 25, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Secretary of State Official general election results
- Follow the Money, "Dahms, Gary," accessed December 21, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Dave Brown (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 16
| Succeeded by|
Dennis Frederickson (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 21
| Succeeded by|
Matt Schmit (DFL)