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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
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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 (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 is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.


Biography

Abeler attended Hamline University and the University of Minnesota, and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Northwestern College of Chiropractic.[1]

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 is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Minnesota. Abeler is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2]

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.[3][4]

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.[5]

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

On November 4, 2008, Abeler won election to the District 48B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Andrew Boho. [6]

Abeler raised $58,403 for his campaign.[7]

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.[8]

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

2012

Abeler won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Abeler raised a total of $60,190.

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."[9]

2013

Abeler received a score of 54% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 61st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [10]

2012

Abeler received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 85th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [11]

2011

Abeler received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 67th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [12]

Personal

Abeler is married with six children.[1]

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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)