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Nick Zerwas
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 30A
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Nick Zerwas is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 30A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services Finance
Health and Human Services Policy
Housing Finance and Policy


Campaign themes


Zerwas's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "I do not support raising taxes. I fully believe government has a spending problem and not a revenue problem. Government must act like Minnesotan families and live within its means."


  • Excerpt: "I believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death."

2nd Amendment Rights

  • Excerpt: "Coming from a law enforcement family I strongly believe in our 2nd Amendment right to keep & bear arms."

Size of Government

  • Excerpt: "Government at all levels has grown and interjected itself too deeply in our lives. I strongly believe government is not the answer. The government just simply cannot be all things to all people."


  • Excerpt: "Funding for roads and bridges benefit the most people and our funding priorities need to reflect that."



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Brenden Ellingboe was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Nick Zerwas was unopposed in the Republican primary. Zerwas defeated Ellingboe in the general election.[2][3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 30A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNick Zerwas Incumbent 68.5% 9,349
     Democratic Brenden Ellingboe 31.4% 4,279
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 19
Total Votes 13,647


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zerwas won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 30A. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Holly Neuman (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 30A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNick Zerwas 63.8% 12,723
     Democratic Holly Neuman 36.2% 7,217
Total Votes 19,940

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Zerwas is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Zerwas raised a total of $26,157 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[7]

Nick Zerwas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 30A Won $26,157
Grand Total Raised $26,157


Zerwas won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Zerwas raised a total of $26,157.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nick Zerwas's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,241
30th Senate District RPM$1,800
Zerwas, Nicholas H.$500
Eddy, Robert$500
American Council Of Engineering Companies Of Minnesota$500
Total Raised in 2012$26,157
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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."[8]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.


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."[9]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[10]
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."[11]
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."[12]


Zerwas received a score of 100% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 1st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tina Liebling (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 30A
2013- present
Succeeded by