Joe Gimse

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Joe Gimse
Minnesota State Senate District 13
Former Member
In office
2007 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sWilmar Technical College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1975-1979
Date of birthJuly 31, 1957
Place of birthRichmond, MN
ProfessionOwner, Gimse Brothers Inc.
Office website
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Joe Gimse (b. July 31, 1957) is a former Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 13 from 2007 to 2013. He also served as the Assistant Minority Leader.

Gimse graduated with his Associate's in Applied Sciences from Willimar Tech in 1987. Gimse is a small business owner in addition to being a Senator.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gimse served on these committees:


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



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Gimse ran in the 17th District in 2012 due to redistricting. He ran unopposed in the August 14 primary and was defeated by Lyle Koenen in the November 6 general election.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLyle Koenen Incumbent 55.5% 21,621
     Republican Joe Gimse 44.5% 17,350
Total Votes 38,971


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Gimse won re-election to the 13th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Larry Rice ran for the seat on the DFL ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 13 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Gimse (R) 16485 54.89%
Larry Rice (DFL) 13514 45.00%
Write-In 32 0.11%


On November 7, 2006, Gimse won election to the 13th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Dean Elton Johnson (DFL).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 13 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Gimse (R) 16,222 50.79%
Dean Elton Johnson (DFL) 15,669 49.06%
Write-In 46 0.14%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Gimse received $37,574 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]


In 2006, Gimse collected $46,013 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $11,055
Polk County Republicans $2,500
Kandiyohi County Republicans $1,500
JoAnn Monson $500
Benjamin Bradford $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]


Gimse received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 36th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]


Gimse received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 31st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[9]

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District 13

Gimse represents Minnesota Senate District 13. District 13 includes the Willimar Region[10].


Joe is married to Lanae Gimse. The have four children and reside in Willimar, Minnesota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 13
Succeeded by
Michelle Fischbach (R)