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Rae Ann Kelsch

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Rae Ann Kelsch
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 34
Incumbent
In office
1990-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2012
Years in position 24
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$148/day
Per diemUp to $1,040/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Rae Ann Kelsch is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives. She has represented the 34th District since 1990.

Kelsch is the manager of external affairs for Cellular One and has professional experience in farming.

Kelsch earned her B.S. in business administration from the University of North Dakota. She and her husband, Thomas, have three children.[1]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kelsch served on the following committee:

Elections

2012

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kelsch ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 34. Kelsch was defeated by fellow incumbent Todd K. Porter and candidate Nathan P. Toman in the Republican primary on June 12. Lori Furaus and Sid Kadrmas ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

North Dakota House of Representatives District 34 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd K. Porter Incumbent 44.7% 1,916
Green check mark transparent.pngNathan P. Toman 35.7% 1,529
Rae Ann Kelsch Incumbent 19.6% 839
Total Votes 4,284

2008

On November 4, 2008, Kelsch won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 34 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 34
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Rae Ann Kelsch (R) 3,929
Green check mark transparent.png Todd Porter (R) 3,912
Rob Tausend (D-NPL) 3,090
Brent Veil (D-NPL) 2,792

Controversies

Tax lien

In January 2012, it was revealed that Kelsch faced a $300,000 tax lien after failing to file returns for federal and state taxes. Kelsch explained that her husband, Tom Kelsch, had failed file the returns. After a series of family tragedies, Tom Kelsch was diagnosed with cancer. He was unable to work, but continued to handle the family finances. RaeAnn Kelsch has promised to resolve her tax obligations.[5]

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008, Kelsch collected $4,975 in donations.[6]

These were the largest contributors in 2008.

Donor Amount
WAL-MART $500
NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION $500
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES $500
LIGNITE ENERGY COUNCIL $500
NORTH DAKOTA PETROLEUM COUNCIL $500

Scorecards

North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization, published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[7] Kelsch received a score of 40% on policy legislation and voted against 3.87% of state spending. Kelsch was ranked 58th on policy and 50th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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North Dakota House of Representatives - District 34
1990–present
Succeeded by
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