William Kretschmar

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William Kretschmar
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 28
Incumbent
In office
2000 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 14
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker, North Dakota State House
1988-1990
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Saint Thomas, 1954
J.D.University of Minnesota, 1961
Personal
BirthdayAugust 21, 1933
Place of birthSaint Paul, MN
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
William E. Kretschmar (b. August 21, 1933) is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

Kretschmar served in the House from 1973 to 1998.

Biography

Kretschmar earned his B.S. from the College of Saint Thomas and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience includes being a partner at Kretschmar & Kretschmar Law Firm.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kretschmar served on the following committees:

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Political Subdivisions

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kretschmar served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kretschmar served on the following committee:

Elections

2012

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kretschmar won re-election in the 2012 election for North Dakota House District 28. Kretschmar and fellow incumbent Michael Don Brandenburg defeated Jeffery J. Magrum and Barton Schott in the Republican primary on June 12. According to unofficial election night results, Kretschmar led Magrum by 13 votes. This slim lead triggered an automatic recount. Official results showed Kretschmar with a nine vote lead over Magrum. They defeated Joan Hoffman and Austin Wald in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 28 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Don Brandenburg Incumbent 33.1% 4,448
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Kretschmar Incumbent 29.9% 4,014
     Democratic Austin Wald 19.1% 2,568
     Democratic Joan Hoffman 17.9% 2,403
Total Votes 13,433
North Dakota House of Representatives District 28 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Don Brandenburg Incumbent 33.4% 2,051
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Kretschmar Incumbent 23.9% 1,468
Jeffery J. Magrum 23.8% 1,459
Barton Schott 18.9% 1,162
Total Votes 6,140

2008

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Kretschmar won election by finishing 2nd out of 4 candidates for District 28 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 28
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Kretschmar (R) 3,111
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Don Brandenburg (R) 3,548
Kristen Vetter (D-NPL) 3,023
Isadore Gross (D-NPL) 2,598

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kretschmar is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Kretschmar raised a total of $9,377 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[5]

William Kretschmar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State House, District 28 Won $4,100
2010 North Dakota State House, District 28 Not up for election $0
2008 North Dakota State House, District 28 Won $2,900
2006 North Dakota State House, District 28 Not up for election $0
2004 North Dakota State House, District 28 Won $1,627
2000 North Dakota State House, District 28 Won $0
1998 North Dakota State House, District 28 Defeated $750
Grand Total Raised $9,377

2012

Kretschmar won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Kretschmar raised a total of $4,100.
North Dakota State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Kretschmar's campaign in 2012
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$600
North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives$500
North Dakota Petroleum Council$500
North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives$400
Total Raised in 2012$4,100
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Kretschmar won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2011. During that election cycle, Kretschmar raised a total of $3,111.

2004

Kretschmar won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Kretschmar raised a total of $1,627.

1998

Kretschmar lost the election for the North Dakota State House in 1998. During that election cycle, Kretschmar raised a total of $750.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Dakota

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[6] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: 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.[7] Kretschmar received a score of 32.53% on policy legislation and voted against 3.56% of state spending. Kretschmar was ranked 67th on policy and 57th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[8]

Personal

Kretschmar currently resides in Venturia, North Dakota.[1]

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