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===North Dakota Legislative Review===
{{North Dakota Legislative Review Writeup}}
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Revision as of 11:45, 3 February 2014

Ed Gruchalla
North Dakota House of Representatives District 45
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 9
Base salary$152/day
Per diemUp to $1,351/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sValley City State University, 1975
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1967-1973
Date of birthOctober 2, 1947
Place of birthJamestown, ND
Office website
Ed Gruchalla (b. October 2, 1947) is a Democratic-NPL member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. In the 2013 session, Gruchalla serves as Minority Caucus Leader.


Gruchalla earned a B.S. in Education from Valley City State University. He also graduated from the Northwest School of Police Staff and Command. Gruchalla has worked as an investigator and Sergeant with the North Dakota Highway Patrol. He served in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1973.[1]

Committee assignments


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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Industry, Business and Labor


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


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



See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gruchalla won re-election to one of two seats in District 45 of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Gruchalla and Joe Heilman (R) defeated Prairie Rose Seminole (D) and Andrew Marschall (R) in the November 2 general election.[2][3]

North Dakota State House, District 45
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Heilman (R) 2,350
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Gruchalla (D) 1,923
Andrew Marschall (R) 1,915
Prairie Rose Seminole (D) 1,379


On November 7, 2006, Gruchalla won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 45 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 45
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Gruchalla (D-NPL) 1,798
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Berg (R) 1,935
Barry N Nelson (D-NPL) 1,695
LeRoy G Bernstein (R) 1,551

Campaign donors


In 2010, Gruchalla received $3,025 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

North Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ed Gruchalla's campaign in 2010
North Dakota Public Employees Association$500
House Democratic-NPL Caucus Of North Dakota$500
North Dakota Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives$400
Independent Community Banks Of North Dakota$300
Marathon Oil$300
Total Raised in 2010 $3,025


In 2006, Gruchalla collected $900 in donations.[6]

These were hiscontributors in 2006.

Donor Amount
DAK PAC $250


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] Gruchalla received a score of 9.64% on policy legislation and voted against 2.41% of state spending. Gruchalla was ranked 81st on policy and 78th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[8]


Gruchalla and his wife, Rennae, have three children. They currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.

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