Gary Kubly

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Gary Kubly
Minnesota State Senate District 20
Former officeholder
In office
2003 - 2012
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
1997 to 2003
Bachelor'sMankato State University
Master'sLuther Seminary
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1966-1968
BirthdayNovember 12, 1943
Place of birthFort Dodge, IA
ProfessionLutheran Pastor
Office website
Gary Kubly (b. November 12, 1943 - d. March 2, 2012) was a Democrat-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota State Senate. He was first elected to this position in 2002. He passed away on March 2, 2012 after a battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Kubly also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1997 to 2003.[1][2]

Kubly graduated from Minnesota State with his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and also earned a Master's in Divinity degree from Luther Seminary. Kubly is a former teacher and Lutheran Pastor.

A special election to fill his seat has been called for April 10, 2012.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kubly was appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kubly served on these committees:

  • Agriculture and Veterans
  • Agriculture and Veterans Budget and Policy Division
  • Capital Investment
  • Economic Development and Housing Budget Division
  • Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division Committee
  • State Government Budget Division Committeeu[3].



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Kubly won re-election to the 20th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Gregg Kulberg ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 20 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Kubly (DFL) 15876 56.96%
Gregg Kulberg (R) 11970 42.95%
Write-In 25 0.09%


On November 7, 2006, Kubly won re-election to the 20th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Roger Dale (R).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 20 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Kubly (DFL) 20,829 67.41%
Roger Dale (R) 10,047 32.52%
Write-In 21 0.07%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Kubly received $56,989 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Kubly's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$7,944
Yellow Medicine Co DFL C/O Mervin Eischens$700
Inter Faculty Org Minnesota State Universities$500
Afscme Minnesota Council 5$500
Lac Qui Parle Co DFL C/O Allen Simonson$500
Total Raised in 2010 $56,989


In 2006, Kubly collected $72,001 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $9,469
Lac Qui Parle County DFL $1,200
Yellow Medicine County DFL $900
St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association $500
AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 $500


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."[7]


Kubly received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 51st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]

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District 20

Kubly represented Minnesota Senate District 20. As of the 2010 election, District 20 included Big Stone, Benville, Chippewa, Lac Qui Paree, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties near the Minnesota-South Dakota Border[9].

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Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 20
Succeeded by
Lyle Koenen