Rae Ann Kelsch
|Rae Ann Kelsch|
|North Dakota House of Representatives District 34|
|December 1, 2012|
|Years in position||24|
|Per diem||Up to $1,040/month for lodging|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||University of North Dakota|
Kelsch is the manager of external affairs for Cellular One and has professional experience in farming.
Kelsch earned her B.S. in business administration from the University of North Dakota. She and her husband, Thomas, have three children.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kelsch served on the following committees:
- Education Committee, North Dakota House of Representatives, Chair
- Transportation Committee, North Dakota House of Representatives
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kelsch served on the following committee:
Kelsch ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 34. Kelsch was defeated by fellow incumbent Todd K. Porter and candidate Nathan P. Toman in the Republican primary on June 12. Lori Furaus and Sid Kadrmas ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.
|North Dakota House of Representatives District 34 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Todd K. Porter Incumbent||44.7%||1,916|
|Nathan P. Toman||35.7%||1,529|
|Rae Ann Kelsch Incumbent||19.6%||839|
|North Dakota House of Representatives, District 34|
|Rae Ann Kelsch (R)||3,929|
|Todd Porter (R)||3,912|
|Rob Tausend (D-NPL)||3,090|
|Brent Veil (D-NPL)||2,792|
In January 2012, it was revealed that Kelsch faced a $300,000 tax lien after failing to file returns for federal and state taxes. Kelsch explained that her husband, Tom Kelsch, had failed file the returns. After a series of family tragedies, Tom Kelsch was diagnosed with cancer. He was unable to work, but continued to handle the family finances. RaeAnn Kelsch has promised to resolve her tax obligations.
In 2008, Kelsch collected $4,975 in donations.
These were the largest contributors in 2008.
|NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION||$500|
|NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES||$500|
|LIGNITE ENERGY COUNCIL||$500|
|NORTH DAKOTA PETROLEUM COUNCIL||$500|
NDPC: 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. Kelsch received a score of 40% on policy legislation and voted against 3.87% of state spending. Kelsch was ranked 58th on policy and 50th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.
- North Dakota House of Representatives - Rep. Rae Ann Kelsch
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2000, 1998
- Rep. Ann Kelsch State Surge sponsored bills
- Rep. Kelsch's facebook
- Project Smart Vote, "Rep. Kelsch
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election results," accessed May 13, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "2012 General Election results," accessed May 13, 2014
- North Dakota VOICES - Secretary of State, "Official Results, Primary Election - June 12, 2012," accessed July 23, 2012
- North Dakota House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- The Bismark Tribune, "Rep. RaeAnn Kelsch says she's facing lien for unpaid taxes," January 19, 2012
- 2008 contributions
- North Dakota Policy Council, "The North Dakota Legislative Review - 2011," accessed January 20, 2014
- North Dakota Policy Council "2011 North Dakota Legislative Review Rankings," accessed January 26, 2014
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