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|Name = Kurt Zellers
 
|Name = Kurt Zellers
 
|Profile picture = Zellers.JPG
 
|Profile picture = Zellers.JPG
|Position = Minnesota House of Representatives District 34B
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|Position = Minnesota House of Representatives, District 34B
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Current candidacy = [[Governor of Minnesota]]
 
|Current candidacy = [[Governor of Minnesota]]
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|Campaign website = http://www.kurtzellers.com/
 
|Campaign website = http://www.kurtzellers.com/
 
|Personal website =
 
|Personal website =
}}{{tnr}}'''Kurt Zellers''' (b.  October 16, 1969) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Minnesota House of Representatives]], representing District 34B since 2013 and currently serving as [[Speaker of the House]]. He previously represented District 32B from 2003 to 2013.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Kurt Zellers''' (b.  October 16, 1969) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Minnesota House of Representatives]], representing District 34B.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2002, and is a former [[Speaker of the House]].
  
 
Zellers {{2014is}} a candidate for [[Governor of Minnesota]] in the [[Minnesota state executive official elections, 2014|2014 elections]].<ref name=gov14>[http://www.minnpost.com/political-agenda/2013/06/former-speaker-kurt-zellers-becomes-third-republican-challenge-dayton-2014 ''Minn Post,'' "Former Speaker Kurt Zellers becomes third Republican to challenge Dayton in 2014," June 24, 2013]</ref>
 
Zellers {{2014is}} a candidate for [[Governor of Minnesota]] in the [[Minnesota state executive official elections, 2014|2014 elections]].<ref name=gov14>[http://www.minnpost.com/political-agenda/2013/06/former-speaker-kurt-zellers-becomes-third-republican-challenge-dayton-2014 ''Minn Post,'' "Former Speaker Kurt Zellers becomes third Republican to challenge Dayton in 2014," June 24, 2013]</ref>
  
Zellers has previously served as Communications Consultant for the Republican Caucus in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Rod Grams.
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==Biography==
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Zellers's professional experience includes serving as Communications Consultant for the Republican Caucus in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Rod Grams.
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<ref name=vs>[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=38998 ''Project Vote Smart'' - Rep. Zellers]</ref> 
  
 
In May 2011, ''Governing Magazine'' named Zellers one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities like leadership, ambition, and political potential.<ref>[http://www.governing.com/blogs/politics/GOP-legislators-to-watch.html ''Governing,'' "GOP Legislators to Watch," May 24, 2011]</ref>
 
In May 2011, ''Governing Magazine'' named Zellers one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities like leadership, ambition, and political potential.<ref>[http://www.governing.com/blogs/politics/GOP-legislators-to-watch.html ''Governing,'' "GOP Legislators to Watch," May 24, 2011]</ref>
 
He is married and has 2 children.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=38998 ''Project Vote Smart'' - Rep. Zellers]</ref> 
 
 
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Peppin served on these committees:  
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Peppin served on the following committees:  
  
 
{{Committee Assignments
 
{{Committee Assignments
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{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.twincities.com/news/ci_19884846?source=rss ''Twin Cities,'' "Romney picks up endorsements from top Minnesota Republicans," February 3, 2012]</ref>
 
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.twincities.com/news/ci_19884846?source=rss ''Twin Cities,'' "Romney picks up endorsements from top Minnesota Republicans," February 3, 2012]</ref>
  
==Elections==
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==Election history==
 
===2014===
 
===2014===
  
 
:''See also: [[Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
 
:''See also: [[Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
  
Zellers {{2014isrunning}} for [[State executive elections, 2014|election]] as [[Governor of Minnesota]].<ref name=gov14/> Zellers is seeking the [[Republican]] nomination in the primary on August 12, 2013. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Zellers {{2014isrunning}} for [[State executive official elections, 2014|election]] as [[Governor of Minnesota]].<ref name=gov14/> Zellers {{2014isseeking}} the [[Republican]] nomination in the primary on August 12, 2013. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
====2014 - Campaign themes====
 
====2014 - Campaign themes====
At his 2014 campaign launch event, Zellers emphasized his disapproval of Democratic incumbent Gov. [[Mark Dayton]]'s decision to add $2 billion in taxes and fees to the recent budget, claiming it will hurt working class families and small business owners. His campaign platform is "to get the yoke of government off the backs, out of the pockets and out of the way of these small business owners."<ref name=gov14/>  
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At his 2014 campaign launch event, Zellers emphasized his disapproval of Democratic incumbent Gov. [[Mark Dayton]]'s decision to add $2 billion in taxes and fees to the recent budget, claiming it will hurt working class families and small business owners. His campaign platform is "to get the yoke of government off the backs, out of the pockets and out of the way of these small business owners."<ref name=gov14/>
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
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====2012 - Campaign themes====
 
====2012 - Campaign themes====
Zellers's website highlights the following campaign themes:<ref name=website>[http://www.kurtzellers.com/ "kurtzellers," Official Campaign Website]</ref>
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Zellers's website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref name=website>[http://www.kurtzellers.com/ "kurtzellers," Official Campaign Website]</ref>
  
 
'''The Economy'''
 
'''The Economy'''
*Excerpt:"I remain firmly committed to a more sustainable state budget that doesn’t burden taxpayers."
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*Excerpt: "I remain firmly committed to a more sustainable state budget that doesn’t burden taxpayers."
 
'''Education'''
 
'''Education'''
*Excerpt:"Alternative Teacher Licensure: Creates alternative pathways to licensure, to help bring quality, experienced professionals into the classroom."
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*Excerpt: "Alternative Teacher Licensure: Creates alternative pathways to licensure, to help bring quality, experienced professionals into the classroom."
 
'''Regulations'''
 
'''Regulations'''
*Excerpt:"Permitting must move at the speed of commerce to support Minnesota’s economic recover and job creation."
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*Excerpt: "Permitting must move at the speed of commerce to support Minnesota’s economic recover and job creation."
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
  
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|party=Republican
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|totalraised2012=104069
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|office2012=[[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012|Minnesota State House, District 34B]]
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|totalraised2010=66534
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|totalraised2006=38714
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=[[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2006|Minnesota State House, District 32B]]
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|totalraised2004=26545
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=[[Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2004|Minnesota State House, District 32B]]
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}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
{{State leg donor}}
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{{SLP donor box 2012
===2010===
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|name = Zellers
In 2010, Zellers received $66,534 in campaign donations.  The largest donors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=MN&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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|full Name = Kurt Zellers
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|reference = http://followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=140722
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|office= Minnesota House of Representatives
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 104069
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|org1 = Zellers, Kurt
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|org2 = 34th Senate District RPM
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|org3 = Leonard Street & Deinard
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|org4 = Raymond R. Cox Senate District 25 Committee
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|org5 = St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association
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|orgamount1 = 3188
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|orgamount2 = 2200
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
{{slp donor box 2010
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===2010===
|Chamber = Minnesota House of Representatives
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{{SLP donor box 2010
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|name = Zellers
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|full name = Kurt Zellers
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|reference = http://followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=129983
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|office = Minnesota House of Representatives
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
|total raised = $66,534
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|new = no
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|total raised = 66534
 
|org1 = Public Fund
 
|org1 = Public Fund
 
|org2 = Blank
 
|org2 = Blank
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|org4 = 3rd Congressional District Republican Party
 
|org4 = 3rd Congressional District Republican Party
 
|org5 = Police Officers Federation Of Minneapolis
 
|org5 = Police Officers Federation Of Minneapolis
|orgdonor1 = $6,021
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|orgamount1 = 6021
|orgdonor2 = $5,000
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|orgamount2 = 5000
|orgdonor3 = $4,875
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|orgamount3 = 4875
|orgdonor4 = $500
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|orgamount4 = 500
|orgdonor5 = $500
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|orgamount5 = 500
 
|}}
 
|}}
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===2008===
 
===2008===
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{{SLP donor box 2008
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|name = Zellers
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|full Name = Kurt Zellers
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|reference = http://followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110660
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|office= Minnesota House of Representatives
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 55045
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|org1 = Public Fund
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|org2 = 32nd Senate District Republican Party
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|org3 = Zellers, Kurt
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|org4 = 3rd Congressional District Republican Party
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|org5 = Minneapolis Fire Fighters Relief Association
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|orgamount1 = 7940
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|orgamount2 = 3200
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|orgamount3 = 3000
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|orgamount4 = 1750
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|orgamount5 = 550
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|}}
  
Listed below are the four largest contributors to Kurt Zellers' 2008 campaign.
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===2006===
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{{SLP donor box 2006
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|name = Zellers
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|full Name = Kurt Zellers
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|reference = http://followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=82636
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|office= Minnesota House of Representatives
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|new = yes
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 38714
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|org1 = Public Fund
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|org2 = SD 33 Republicans
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|org3 = TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
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|org4 = St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
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|org5 = Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association
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|orgamount1 = 8961
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|orgamount2 = 1000
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|orgamount3 = 600
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
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===2004===
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{{SLP donor box 2004
| [[Public financing of campaigns|Public Fund]]
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|name = Zellers
| align="right" | $7,940
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|full Name = Kurt Zellers
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|reference = http://followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=75467
| 32nd Senate District Republican Party
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|office= Minnesota House of Representatives
| align="right" | $3,200
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
| Kurt Zellers
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|total raised = 26545
| align="right" | $3,000
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|org1 = Public Fund
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|org2 = SD 33 Republicans
| 3rd Congressional District Republican Party
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|org3 = TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
| align="right" | $1,750
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|org4 = St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
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|org5 = Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association
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|orgamount1 = 8961
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|orgamount2 = 1000
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|orgamount3 = 600
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
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==Personal==
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Zellers is married with two children.<ref name=vs/>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
 
{{submit a bio}}
 
 
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
{{submit a leg link}}
*[http://www.kurtzellers.com/ Kurt Zellers' personal website]
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*[http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?district=34B Office website]
*[http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?district=32B Minnesota House of Representatives - Rep. Zellers]  
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*[http://www.kurtzellers.com/ Campaign website]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=38998 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=38998 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=38998 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=38998 Biography from Project Vote Smart]

Revision as of 09:47, 13 July 2013

Kurt Zellers
Zellers.JPG
Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Minnesota
Date of primaryAugust 12, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 34B
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedFebruary 25, 2003
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota
Personal
BirthdayOctober 16, 1969
Place of birthGrand Forks, ND
ProfessionCommunications
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kurt Zellers (b. October 16, 1969) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 34B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002, and is a former Speaker of the House.

Zellers is a candidate for Governor of Minnesota in the 2014 elections.[1]

Biography

Zellers's professional experience includes serving as Communications Consultant for the Republican Caucus in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Rod Grams. [2]

In May 2011, Governing Magazine named Zellers one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities like leadership, ambition, and political potential.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy
Rules and Legislative Administration
Taxes

2011-2012

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

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Kurt Zellers endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Election history

2014

See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014

Zellers is running for election as Governor of Minnesota.[1] Zellers is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2014 - Campaign themes

At his 2014 campaign launch event, Zellers emphasized his disapproval of Democratic incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton's decision to add $2 billion in taxes and fees to the recent budget, claiming it will hurt working class families and small business owners. His campaign platform is "to get the yoke of government off the backs, out of the pockets and out of the way of these small business owners."[1]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zellers ran in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 34B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated David Hoden (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 34B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Zellers Incumbent 54.6% 12,802
     Democratic David Hoden 45.4% 10,652
Total Votes 23,454


2012 - Campaign themes

Zellers's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[7]

The Economy

  • Excerpt: "I remain firmly committed to a more sustainable state budget that doesn’t burden taxpayers."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Alternative Teacher Licensure: Creates alternative pathways to licensure, to help bring quality, experienced professionals into the classroom."

Regulations

  • Excerpt: "Permitting must move at the speed of commerce to support Minnesota’s economic recover and job creation."

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Zellers won re-election to the District 32B Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Katie Rodriguez (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 32B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Katie Rodriguez (DFL) 7,076 44.51%
Green check mark transparent.png Kurt Zellers (R) 8.804 55.38%
Write-In 18 0.11%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Kurt Zellers won election to the District 32B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Lee Carlson. [9]

Kurt Zellers raised $55,045 for his campaign.[10]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 32B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kurt Zellers (R) 11,129 53.06%
Lee Carlson (DFL) 9,809 46.77%
Write-In 37 0.18%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for is available dating back to . Based on available campaign finance records, raised a total of $290,907 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 13, 2013.[11]

Kurt Zellers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 34B Won $104,069
2010 Minnesota State House, District 32B Won $66,534
2008 Minnesota State House, District 32B Won $55,045
2006 Minnesota State House, District 32B Won $38,714
2004 Minnesota State House, District 32B Won $26,545
Grand Total Raised $290,907

2012

Zellers won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $104,069.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kurt Zellers's campaign in 2012
Zellers, Kurt$3,188
34th Senate District RPM$2,200
Leonard Street & Deinard$500
Raymond R. Cox Senate District 25 Committee$500
St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$104,069
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Zellers won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $66,534.

2008

Zellers won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $55,045.

2006

Zellers won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $38,714.

2004

Zellers won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Zellers raised a total of $26,545.

Personal

Zellers is married with two children.[2]

Recent news

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Hoppe (R)
Minnesota State House District 34B
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 32B
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Bob Barrett (R)