Paul Gazelka

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Paul Gazelka
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Minnesota State Senate, District 9
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
2005 - 2007
Education
Bachelor'sOral Roberts University
Personal
ProfessionOwner, Insurance Agency
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul E. Gazelka is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Gazelka served in the Senate previously, representing District 12 from 2011 to 2013. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007.

Biography

Gazelka earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Oral Roberts University. His professional experience includes working as a State Farm insurance agent in Madison and Brainerd.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce
Rules and Administration

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Fiscal Policy

  • Excerpt: "We must not enact more government programs than we can pay for. I support individuals and families spending their own money in a capital and free-market enterprise system."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "I will not support a tax increase. We expect our federal government to protect our borders and to protect our individual freedoms as Americans."

Government

  • Excerpt: "Private industry is far more efficient and effective in use of money than the government. Money is best spent by the citizens who earned it. I believe that if government has less money, it becomes more efficient and cost-effective."

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "First of all, we need to lower taxes on Minnesota businesses so they have a greater opportunity to be successful, which in turn will spur on job growth. "

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "We must drive down the cost of health insurance and resist the temptation to let the government decide what options we must take."

2010

Gazelka's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Fiscal policy: "We must not enact more government programs than we can pay for. I support individuals and families spending their own money in a capital and free-market enterprise system."
  • Taxes: "I will not support a tax increase."
  • Government: "Private industry is far more efficient and effective in use of money than the government."
  • Jobs: "First of all, we need to lower taxes on Minnesota businesses so they have a greater opportunity to be successful, which in turn will spur on job growth."
  • Health care: "We must drive down the cost of health insurance and resist the temptation to let the government decide what options we must take."
  • Energy and Environment: "I support an energy and environmental policy that recognizes the importance of energy independence for our national security."
  • Education: "We need a K-12 education policy that respects parent’s choice, is funded fairly and insists on local control."
  • Immigration: "If you commit an illegal act, there should be consequences whether it is to the employer hiring illegal aliens or the illegal alien being sent back to their country of origin."
  • Transportation: "A primary role of government is to provide infrastructure for transportation."
  • Pro-life: "I believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death. Adoption should always be the choice over abortion. When a young woman chooses to keep the child, we need to participate in helping the new family succeed."
  • Strong Families: "We know that children are best raised with mom and dad, living together in a happy, healthy, life-long marriage."
  • Stem-Cell Research: "I support adult stem-cell research which is the best ethical and scientific solution to help cure diseases."

Presidential preference

2012

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

Paul Gazelka endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Gazelka won election for the District 9 seat in 2012 after redistricting. He was unopposed in the August 14 primary and defeated Al Doty (D) in the November 6 general election.[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gazelka Incumbent 53.7% 20,527
     Democratic Al Doty 46.3% 17,687
Total Votes 38,214

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Gazelka defeated Democrat Taylor Stevenson and Constitution Party candidate Steve Park in the general election on November 2.[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 12 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Gazelka (R) 16530 51.51%
Taylor Stevenson (D) 11609 36.18%
Steve Park (D) 827 2.58%
Write-in (C) 3125 9.74%

Gazelka defeated incumbent Paul Koering in the August 10, 2010 Republican primary by a margin of 3,752 to 2,857. Koering was seeking his third term.

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Gazelka was one of the 7 Republican challengers who defeated an incumbent Republican state senator.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gazelka is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Gazelka raised a total of $189,946 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[5]

Paul Gazelka's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 9 Won $61,502
2010 Minnesota State Senate, District 12 Won $49,458
2006 Minnesota State House, District 12A Defeated $41,253
2004 Minnesota State House, District 12A Won $37,733
Grand Total Raised $189,946

2012

Gazelka won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gazelka raised a total of $61,502.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Gazelka's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$5,851
Senate Victory Fund$1,750
Morrison County RPM$825
Wadena County RPM$700
Goff Public PAC$500
Total Raised in 2012$61,502
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Gazelka won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Gazelka raised a total of $49,458.

2006

Gazelka lost the election for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Gazelka raised a total of $41,253.

2004

Gazelka won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Gazelka raised a total of $37,733.

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."[6]
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."[7]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[8]
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."[9]
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."[10]

2013

Gazelka received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 11th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[11]

2012

Gazelka received a score of 86% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 11th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[12]

2011

Gazelka received a score of 85% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 7th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[13]

Personal

Gazelka and his wife, Maralee, have five children. He has been a Chamber of Commerce president, Kiwanis president, school board chairman, and the state director of a marriage mentoring program and a Defensive Driving program for senior citizens. Gazelka has coached BYAA and LRCC basketball and volunteered volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Lakes Area Pregnancy Support organization.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Keith Langseth (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 9
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Paul Koering (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 12
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Torrey Westrom (R)