Steve Zaiser

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Steve Zaiser
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 21
Incumbent
In office
2002-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMoorhead State University, 1977
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 30, 1951
Place of birthMontevideo, MN
ProfessionRetired
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Steve L. Zaiser (b. September 30, 1951) is a Democratic-NPL member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Zaiser earned his B.A. in Americal Studies Organizational Development from Moorhead State University in 1977. His professional experience includes working as a part-time job developer with Productive Alternatives prior to retirement. Zaiser has also worked as a planning director, manager and executive director.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance and Taxation
Government and Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2010

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Zaiser won re-election to one of two seats in District 21 of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Zaiser and Kathy Hogan (D) defeated Rachael Disrud (R) and Jay Schmallen (R) in the November 2 general election.[2][3]

North Dakota State House, District 21
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kathy Hogan (D) 1,628
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Zaiser (D) 1,524
Rachael Disrud (R) 1,464
Jay Schmallen (R) 1,200

2006

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Zaiser won election by finishing 2nd out of 4 candidates for District 21 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 21
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Zaiser (D-NPL) 1,755
Green check mark transparent.png Jasper Schneider (D-NPL) 1,847
Rachael Disrud (R) 1,252
Sally M Sandvig (R) 1,152

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Zaiser received $2,875 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

North Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Zaiser's campaign in 2010
House Democratic-NPL Caucus Of North Dakota$650
Boilermakers Local 647$600
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$300
North Dakota Public Employees Association$300
North Dakota Education Association$275
Total Raised in 2010 $2,875

2006

In 2006, Zaiser collected $2,325 in donations.[6]

These were the largest contributors in 2006.

Donor Amount
DAK PAC $750
FARGO-MOORHEAD AREA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS $500
NORTH DAKOTA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS $400
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES $400

Scorecards

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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.[7] 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.[8] Zaiser received a score of 14.81% on policy legislation and voted against 17.17% of state spending. Zaiser was ranked 74th on policy and 9th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[9]

Personal

Zaiser has two children and currently resides in Fargo, North Dakota.[1]

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