Jim Abeler

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Jim Abeler
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 35A
Incumbent
In office
1999 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Term limitsN/A
Education
M.D.Northwestern College of Chiropractic
Personal
BirthdayMay 18, 1954
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionChiropractor
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jim Abeler II (b. May 18, 1954) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 35A. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. He was also a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota. Abeler lost to Mike McFadden in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014.[1]

On April 22, 2014, Abeler announced that he would not simultaneously seek re-election to the state House.[2]

Biography

Abeler attended Hamline University and the University of Minnesota, and earned his doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from the Northwestern College of Chiropractic.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services Finance
Health and Human Services Policy
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Abeler served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2014

Abeler ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Minnesota.[4] Abeler sought the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014, but was defeated by Mike McFadden.[1]

U.S. Senate, Minnesota Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike McFadden 71.6% 120,390
Jim Abeler 14.9% 25,097
David Carlson 9.1% 15,284
Patrick Munro 2.8% 4,726
Ole Savior 1.6% 2,692
Total Votes 168,189
Source: 91% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Abeler won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 35A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Andy Hillebregt (D) and Justin Boals (Independence) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 35A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Abeler Incumbent 58.8% 11,906
     Democratic Andy Hillebreg 33.4% 6,755
     Independence Justin Boals 7.8% 1,587
Total Votes 20,248

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Abeler won re-election to the District 48B Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Daniel Kane (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 48B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Daniel Kane (DFL) 4,766 31.75%
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Abeler (R) 10,203 67.98%
Write-In 40 0.27%

2008

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Abeler won election to the District 48B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Andrew Boho. [8]

Abeler raised $58,403 for his campaign.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 48B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Abeler (R) 13,057 64.82%
Andrew Boho (DFL) 6,946 34.53%
Write-In 110 0.55%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Abeler is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Abeler raised a total of $338,727 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 16, 2013.[10]

Jim Abeler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 35A Won $60,190
2010 Minnesota State House, District 48B Won $51,027
2008 Minnesota State House, District 48B Won $58,403
2006 Minnesota State House, District 48B Won $34,915
2004 Minnesota State House, District 48B Won $41,682
2002 Minnesota State House, District 48B Won $30,965
2000 Minnesota State House, District 49A Won $29,167
1998 Minnesota State House, District 49A Won $32,378
Grand Total Raised $338,727

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Abeler's reports.[11]

Jim Abeler (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[12]October 14, 2013$3,800.00$56,423.63$(25,654.93)$34,568.70
Year-End[13]January 30, 2014$34,568.70$26,726.00$(36,488.25)$24,806.45
April Quarterly[14]April 14, 2014$24,806.45$28,218.03$(39,141.29)$13,883.19
Running totals
$111,367.66$(101,284.47)

2012

Abeler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Abeler raised a total of $60,190.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Abeler's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,628
Teamsters Joint Council 32$500
Prairie Island Indian Community$500
Minnesota Hospital PAC$500
35th Senate District RPM New$500
Total Raised in 2012$60,190
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Abeler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Abeler raised a total of $51,027.

2008

Abeler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Abeler raised a total of $58,403.

2006

Abeler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Abeler raised a total of $34,915.

2004

Abeler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Abeler raised a total of $41,682.

2002

Abeler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Abeler raised a total of $30,965.

2000

Abeler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Abeler raised a total of $29,167.

1998

Abeler won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Abeler raised a total of $32,378.

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."[15]

2013

Abeler received a score of 54% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 61st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2012

Abeler received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 85th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2011

Abeler received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 67th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [18]

Personal

Abeler is married with six children.[3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press, "Minnesota - 2014 Primary Results," accessed August 12, 2014
  2. Star Tribune, "GOP U.S. Senate candidate Abeler won't seek re-election to state House," accessed April 23, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Project Vote Smart, "Jim Abeler II's Biography," accessed April 23, 2014
  4. Star Tribune, "County commissioner plans to join U.S. Senate race, and already has a big backer," accessed August 23, 2013
  5. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  9. Follow the Money, "Abeler, Jim," accessed April 23, 2014
  10. Follow the Money, "Abeler, Jim," accessed July 16, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Abeler Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Abeler October Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Abeler Year-End," accessed April 28, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Abeler April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  15. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  16. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Beard (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 35A
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 48B
1999–2013
Succeeded by
Jenifer Loon (R)