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Gary Dahms
Gary Dahms.jpg
Minnesota State Senate, District 16
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Date of birthJanuary 14, 1947
ProfessionOwner, Dahms Insurance Agency
Office website
Campaign website
Gary H. Dahms (b. January 14, 1947) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Dahms earned his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience includes working as the owner of Dahms Insurance Agency.


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "As legislators we have to balance the budget, and raising taxes should not be the solution; decreasing spending should be."

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "We must create a business environment in Minnesota that encourages research and development, job growth, business expansion and the attraction of new businesses."


  • Excerpt: "Education in rural Minnesota needs to be cutting edge in order to provide an education for our students which will enable them to compete in a global economy."


  • Excerpt: "We need to decrease the size of government by making it more efficient and accountable."


  • Excerpt: "We support today's agriculture of innovation and diversification. We must protect our food, fiber, feed, flowers, and fuel producers to allow our rural economy to thrive."

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development


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

Election history


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Dahms won election in District 16 in 2012 due to redistricting. He defeated Ted L. Suss (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Dahms Incumbent 53.1% 20,922
     Democratic Ted Suss 46.9% 18,496
Total Votes 39,418


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Dahms had no opponent in the primary. He defeated Al Kruse (DFL) in the general election.[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 21 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Dahms (R) 16597 62.26%
Al Kruse (DFL) 10021 37.59%
Write-In 38 0.14%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dahms is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Dahms raised a total of $98,869 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[5]

Gary Dahms's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota Senate, District 16 Won $57,459
2010 Minnesota Senate, District 21 Won $41,410
Grand Total Raised $98,869


Dahms won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Dahms raised a total of $57,459.


In 2010, Dahms raised $41,410 in contributions. [6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $8,924
Dahms, Gary H $3,000
Brown County RPM $2,500
Redwood County RPM $1,500


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."[7]


Dahms received a score of 77% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 22nd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]


Dahms received a score of 71% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 18th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[9]


Dahms received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 33rd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]


Dahms and his wife, Barb, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Brown (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 16
2013- present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dennis Frederickson (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Matt Schmit (DFL)