Kurt Zellers

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Kurt Zellers
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 34B
Incumbent
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedFebruary 25, 2003
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota
Personal
BirthdayOctober 16, 1969
Place of birthGrand Forks, ND
ProfessionCommunications
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kurt Zellers (b. October 16, 1969) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 34B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002, and is a former Speaker of the House.

Zellers was a candidate for Governor of Minnesota in the 2014 elections. He lost in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014.[1]

Biography

Zellers's professional experience includes serving as Communications Consultant for the Republican Caucus in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Rod Grams. [2]

In May 2011, Governing Magazine named Zellers one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities like leadership, ambition, and political potential.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy
Rules and Legislative Administration
Taxes

2011-2012

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

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Kurt Zellers endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014

Zellers ran for election as Governor of Minnesota.[1] Zellers lost the Republican nomination along with lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Dean Simpson in the primary on August 12, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle 30.3% 55,813
Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson 23.9% 43,991
Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra 21.1% 38,798
Scott Honour/Karin Housley 20.8% 38,331
Merrill Anderson/Mark Anderson 3.8% 7,008
Total Votes 183,941
Election Results Via:Minnesota Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Campaign themes

At his 2014 campaign launch event, Zellers emphasized his disapproval of Democratic incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton's decision to add $2 billion in taxes and fees to the recent budget, claiming it will hurt working class families and small business owners. His campaign platform is "to get the yoke of government off the backs, out of the pockets and out of the way of these small business owners."[1]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zellers ran in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 34B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated David Hoden (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 34B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Zellers Incumbent 54.6% 12,802
     Democratic David Hoden 45.4% 10,652
Total Votes 23,454


2012 - Campaign themes

Zellers's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[7]

The Economy

  • Excerpt: "I remain firmly committed to a more sustainable state budget that doesn’t burden taxpayers."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Alternative Teacher Licensure: Creates alternative pathways to licensure, to help bring quality, experienced professionals into the classroom."

Regulations

  • Excerpt: "Permitting must move at the speed of commerce to support Minnesota’s economic recover and job creation."

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Zellers won re-election to the District 32B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Katie Rodriguez (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 32B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Katie Rodriguez (DFL) 7,076 44.51%
Green check mark transparent.png Kurt Zellers (R) 8.804 55.38%
Write-In 18 0.11%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Kurt Zellers won election to the District 32B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Lee Carlson. [9]

Kurt Zellers raised $55,045 for his campaign.[10]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 32B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kurt Zellers (R) 11,129 53.06%
Lee Carlson (DFL) 9,809 46.77%
Write-In 37 0.18%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for is available dating back to . Based on available campaign finance records, raised a total of $290,907 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 13, 2013.[11]

Kurt Zellers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 34B Won $104,069
2010 Minnesota State House, District 32B Won $66,534
2008 Minnesota State House, District 32B Won $55,045
2006 Minnesota State House, District 32B Won $38,714
2004 Minnesota State House, District 32B Won $26,545
Grand Total Raised $290,907

2012

Zellers won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $104,069.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kurt Zellers's campaign in 2012
Zellers, Kurt$3,188
34th Senate District RPM$2,200
Leonard Street & Deinard$500
Raymond R. Cox Senate District 25 Committee$500
St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$104,069
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Zellers won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $66,534.

2008

Zellers won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $55,045.

2006

Zellers won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $38,714.

2004

Zellers won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $26,545.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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2014

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.

Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."[12]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

2013

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.

Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."[13]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[14]
Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."[15]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.

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."[16]

2013

Zellers received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 9th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2012

Zellers received a score of 86% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 22nd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[18]

2011

Zellers received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 19th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [19]

Personal

Zellers is married with two children.[2]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Minn Post, "Former Speaker Kurt Zellers becomes third Republican to challenge Dayton in 2014," June 24, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Zellers
  3. Governing, "GOP Legislators to Watch," May 24, 2011
  4. Twin Cities, "Romney picks up endorsements from top Minnesota Republicans," February 3, 2012
  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. "kurtzellers," Official Campaign Website
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  9. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  10. Follow the Money's report on Zellers' 2008 campaign contributions
  11. Follow the Money, "Zellers, Kurt." Retrieved July 13, 2013
  12. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  13. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  14. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  15. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  16. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Hoppe (R)
Minnesota State House District 34B
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 32B
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Bob Barrett (R)