Steve Gottwalt

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Steve Gottwalt
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 15A
Former officeholder
In office
2007 - January 7, 2013
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Saint Thomas
Personal
BirthdayOctober 16, 1961
Place of birthMinneapolis, MN
ProfessionDirector of Communications and Consumer Affairs
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Steve Gottwalt (b. October 16, 1961) is a former Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 15A from 2007 to January 7, 2013. He resigned to take a job as director of state legislative policy for an imaging-scan provider firm.[1]

Prior to his election to the House, Gottwalt served on the Saint Cloud City Council from 1997-2006. He has worked as Director of Communications and Consumer Affairs for Coborn's, Incorporated, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Saint Cloud, Director of Contracting for EverCare, and a Contract Manager for Medica Health Plans.

Gottwalt is Chair of the Saint Cloud Area Economic Development Partnership, and a member of the Church of Saint Peter, Saint Cloud Regional Airport Board, Central Minnesota Transportation Alliance, and the Saint Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce.[2]

He is married and has 5 children.

Issues

Campaign themes

Gottwalt's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Excerpt:"We live in a land of freedom and opportunity; not entitlement. I believe government has an important, but limited, role in meeting our needs and wants. Government cannot and should not do it all!"
  • Excerpt:"I believe the best welfare program is a good paying job. Minnesota is among the highest cost welfare states in the nation, but we score low in terms of a business-friendly tax and regulatory climate."
  • Excerpt:"I believe the best social program is a healthy family. In recent years, we have seen a strong push for government programs to replace healthy families and responsible parenting, injecting themselves into the formation of children and families from cradle to grave."
  • Excerpt:"I believe we must set good priorities and live within our means instead of raising taxes on struggling Minnesotans. Minnesotans are tired of government spending that for decades has grown at twice the rate of our economy, taking more and more of our hard-earned wages."
  • Excerpt:"The best health care system is a patient-centered system that empowers you and your health care providers -- not government bureaucrats and politicians!"

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gottwalt won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 14A. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Anne Nolan (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 14A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Gottwalt Incumbent 54.1% 10,269
     Democratic Anne Nolan 45.9% 8,726
Total Votes 18,995

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gottwalt won re-election to the District 15A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Anne Nolan (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 15A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Anne Nolan (DFL) 5,880 38.39%
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Gottwalt (R) 9,409 61.42%
Write-In 29 0.19%


2008

On November 4, 2008, Steve Gottwalt won election to the District 15A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Joanne Dorsher.[6]

Steve Gottwalt raised $49,983 for his campaign.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 15A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Gottwalt (R) 11,446 53.60%
Joanne Dorsher (DFL) 9,873 46.23%
Write-In 37 0.17%

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Gottwalt received $27,721 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Gottwalt's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$4,070
Anderson, Rollie H$500
Landwehr, Daniel J$500
Anderson, Barbara$500
Bernick, Jason L$500
Total Raised in 2010 $27,721

2008

Listed below is the largest contributor to Steve Gottwalt's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $5,031

Scorecards

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."[9]

2012

Gottwalt received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 76th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[10]

2011

Gottwalt received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 53rd out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 15A
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Sondra Erickson (R)