Ralph Kilzer

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Ralph Kilzer
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North Dakota State Senate District 47
Incumbent
In office
1998-Present
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 16
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Dakota State House of Representatives
1996-1998
Education
Bachelor'sSt. John's University
Master'sMedical College of Wisconsin
M.D.Marquette University School of Medicine
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Personal
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ralph Kilzer is a Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Kilzer served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1996 to 1998.

Biography

Kilzer earned his B.A. from St. John's University, his M.D. from Marquette University School of Medicine and his M.P.H. from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is an orthopedic surgeon and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. Kilzer is a veteran of the United States Army.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kilzer served on this committee:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kilzer served on this committee:

Elections

2014

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Ralph Kilzer was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Bradley Bergstad was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kilzer defeated Bergstad in the general election.[1][2][3]

North Dakota State Senate, District 47, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Kilzer Incumbent 67.2% 4,788
     Democratic Bradley Bergstad 32.8% 2,334
Total Votes 7,122


2010

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Kilzer won re-election to the 47th District seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the primary and was unchallenged in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4][5]

North Dakota Senate General Election, District 47 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Kilzer (R) 6,739 80.22%
Garrett Whitecalfe (I) 1,648 19.62%

2006

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Kilzer was re-elected to the 47th District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting Nicole Tribitt (D).[6] Kilzer raised $1,550 for his campaign, while Tribitt raised $900.[7]

North Dakota Senate, District 47 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Kilzer (R) 4,963
Nicole Tribitt (D) 2,380

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Kilzer received $2,900 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

North Dakota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ralph Kilzer's campaign in 2010
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$500
North Dakota Medical Association$500
North Dakota Chiropractic Association$300
Independent Community Banks Of North Dakota$300
Total Raised in 2010 $2,900

2006

In 2006, Kilzer collected $1,550 in donations.[9]

These were his four contributors.

Donor Amount
NORTH DAKOTA LIGNITE COUNCIL $500
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF TELEPHONE COOPERATIVES $400
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS $350
MDU RESOURCES GROUP $300

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Dakota

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[10] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", 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.[11] Kilzer received a score of 75.76% on policy legislation and voted against 2.47% of state spending. On policy, Kilzer was ranked 30th and on spending was ranked 26th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[12]

Personal

Kilzer and his wife, Marcia, have six children. They currently reside in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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