|North Dakota House of Representatives District 26|
|2008 - Present|
|December 1, 2016|
|Years in position||5|
|Minority Leader, North Dakota House of Representatives|
|Per diem||Up to $1,351/month for lodging|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|North Dakota Senate|
|Bachelor's||University of North Dakota, 1962|
|Birthday||October 25, 1940|
|Place of birth||LaMoor, ND|
Kelsh is a business owner. He has also been a farmer.
Kelsh earned his BS and BA from the University of North Dakota in 1962. He and his wife, Ramona, have three children.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kelsh served on the following committees:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Political Subdivisions|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kelsh was not appointed to any committees.
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kelsh served on the following committee:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Political Subdivisions|
Interim Committee Controversy
On May 25, 2011 the Legislative Management Committee appointed members to the state's interim committees. Historically, majority and minority members of the Legislative Management Committee are appointed as chairs of the interim committees. However in 2011, only Republican legislators were appointed to chair interim committees. House Minority Leader Kelsh called the move partisan and a "break with tradition." House Majority Leader Al Carlson (D) argued that the appointments reflected wishes of voters in electing Republican candidates. Regardless of the particular committee chair, Republicans will be a majority on all committees. Only a few state permit minority committee chairs.
Kelsh ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 26. Kelsh and fellow incumbent Bill Amerman ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. They defeated Sebastian Ertelt and Kathy Skroch in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|North Dakota House of Representatives, District 26|
|Jerome Kelsh (D-NPL)||2,976|
|Bill Amerman (D-NPL)||2,914|
|John Dyste (R)||2,809|
|Gary Schnell (R)||2,733|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2008, Kelsh collected $3,625 in donations.
These were the largest contributors in 2008.
|NORTH DAKOTA DEMOCRATIC-NPL HOUSE CAUCUS||$575|
|LIGNITE ENERGY COUNCIL||$500|
|BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 647||$500|
|NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES||$400|
- North Dakota House of Representatives - Rep. Jerome Kelsh
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2000
- Rep. Kelsh's facebook
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Kelsh
- ↑ PlainsDaily, "ND Dems Disappointed With No Chairmanship Assignments," May 25, 2011
- ↑ North Dakota Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List," accessed April 25, 2012
- ↑ North Dakota House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- ↑ 2008 contributions
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