Bill Ingebrigtsen

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Bill Ingebrigtsen
Minnesota State Senate, District 8
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 7
Assistant Minority Leader, Minnesota State Senate
2013 - present
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sAlexandria Technical College
BirthdayMarch 26, 1952
Place of birthKarlstad, Minnesota
ProfessionSheriff (retired)
ReligionUnited Methodist
Office website
Campaign website
Bill Ingebrigtsen (b. March 26, 1952) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. In the 2013 session, Ingebrigtsen served as an Assistant Minority Leader.


Ingebrigtsen earned his associate's degree from Alexandria Technical College and attended the National Sheriffs' Institute of Business Management. Now retired, his professional experience includes working as a sheriff and emergency management director.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ingebrigtsen served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Ingebrigtsen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "The 2012–13 budget was a balance of spending restraint and structural government reform, rejecting a 27% autopilot spending increase, and without raising taxes — principles that Senator Ingebrigtsen holds closely."


  • Excerpt: "Senator Ingebrigtsen has worked to make sure West-Central Minnesota students get their share of education dollars, and has passed legislation that helps parents and other taxpayers browse reviews of teachers and principals that are based on how well students are learning."

Jobs and Economy

  • Excerpt: "In order to return Minnesota’s economy to the right track, we need to make Minnesota a more attractive state to start and grow a business."

Second Amendment

  • Excerpt: "As a former sheriff, Senator Ingebrigtsen agrees that law abiding people should be able to protect themselves. In his role as a sheriff, Senator Ingebrigtsen issued permits to carry handguns to law abiding citizens."


  • Excerpt: "Bill is a pro-life candidate who believes life is defined as conception to natural death."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Bill Ingebrigtsen endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Election history


See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014

Ingebrigtsen is considering a bid for Governor of Minnesota in 2014.[3]


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Ingebrigtsen won election for the 8th District Senate seat in 2012 after redistricting. He was unopposed in the August 14 primary, and defeated former 10th District Senator Dan Skogen (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Ingebrigtsen Incumbent 52.9% 22,693
     Democratic Dan Skogen 47.1% 20,197
Total Votes 42,890


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Ingebrigtsen won re-election to the 11th District Seat in 2010. He faced Jim Thoreen (DFL) in the general election. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 11 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Ingebrigtsen (R) 20798 64.98%
Jim Thoreen (DFL) 11171 34.90%
Write-In 37 0.12%


On November 7, 2006, Ingebrigtsen won election to the 11th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Dallas Sams (DFL).[5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 11 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Ingebrigtsen (R) 17,699 51.30%
Dallas Sams (DFL) 16,765 48.59%
Write-In 38 0.11%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Ingebrigtsen received $57,244 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Ingebrigtsen's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$9,580
Grant County Republican Party$4,000
Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Assoc Leg Fund$500
Wogan, Vinton J$500
Schmidgall, Linda$500
Total Raised in 2010 $57,244


In 2006, Ingebrigtsen collected $67,935 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $10,695
William Ingebrigtsen $5,000
Douglas County Republican Party of Minnesota $1,500
Marlene Clark House District 11B Committee $1,000
Todd County Republican Party of Minnesota $1,000


Ingebrigtsen and his wife, Marilyn, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Lourey (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Tony Lourey (DFL)