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Jerry Kelsh
North Dakota House of Representatives District 26
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 7
Minority Leader, North Dakota House of Representatives
Base salary$152/day
Per diemUp to $1,351/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Dakota Senate
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota, 1962
Date of birthOctober 25, 1940
Place of birthLaMoor, ND
Office website
Jerome 'Jerry' Kelsh (b. October 25, 1940) is a Democratic-NPL member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Kelsh served as Minority Leader in the 2011-2012 legislative session.


Kelsh earned his B.S. and B.A. from the University of North Dakota in 1962. He was a business owner and farmer before retirement.[1]

Committee assignments


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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Political Subdivisions


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kelsh was not appointed to any committees.


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

Interim Committee Controversy

On May 25, 2011 the Legislative Management Committee appointed members to the state's interim committees. Historically, majority and minority members of the Legislative Management Committee are appointed as chairs of the interim committees. However in 2011, only Republican legislators were appointed to chair interim committees. House Minority Leader Kelsh called the move partisan and a "break with tradition." House Majority Leader Al Carlson (D) argued that the appointments reflected wishes of voters in electing Republican candidates. Regardless of the particular committee chair, Republicans will be a majority on all committees. Only a few state permit minority committee chairs.[2]



See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kelsh ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 26. Kelsh and fellow incumbent Bill Amerman ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. They defeated Sebastian Ertelt and Kathy Skroch in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerome Kelsh Incumbent 28.2% 3,511
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Amerman Incumbent 27.4% 3,407
     Republican Kathy Skroch 24.7% 3,079
     Republican Sebastian Ertelt 19.7% 2,460
Total Votes 12,457


On November 4, 2008, Kelsh won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 26 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 26
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jerome Kelsh (D-NPL) 2,976
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Amerman (D-NPL) 2,914
John Dyste (R) 2,809
Gary Schnell (R) 2,733

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kelsh is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Kelsh raised a total of $16,625 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[5]

Jerome Kelsh's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State House, District 26 Won $11,975
2010 North Dakota State House, District 26 Not up for election $0
2008 North Dakota State House, District 26 Won $3,625
2000 North Dakota State Senate, District 26 Won $1,025
Grand Total Raised $16,625


Kelsh won re-election to the North Dakota State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Kelsh raised a total of $11,975.
North Dakota State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jerome Kelsh's campaign in 2012
North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives$3,000
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
North Dakota Petroleum Council$750
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$600
House Democratic-NPL Caucus of North Dakota$600
Total Raised in 2012$11,975
Source:Follow the Money


Kelsh won election to the North Dakota State House in 2011. During that election cycle, Kelsh raised a total of $3,625.


Kelsh won re-election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Kelsh raised a total of $1,025.


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.[6] Kelsh received a score of 8.43% on policy legislation and voted against 2.72% of state spending. Kelsh was ranked 83rd on policy and 73rd on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[7]


Kelsh and his wife, Ramona, have three children. They currently reside in Fullerton, North Dakota.

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