Kurt Zellers

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Kurt Zellers
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
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
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota
BirthdayOctober 16, 1969
Place of birthGrand Forks, ND
Office website
Campaign website
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 was a candidate for Governor of Minnesota in the 2014 elections.[1]


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


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


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


Presidential preference


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


See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014

Zellers ran for election as Governor of Minnesota.[1] Zellers sought the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2013. The general election took 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]


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."


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


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


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%


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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Zellers received $66,534 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[11]

Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kurt Zellers's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$6,021
SD 32$4,875
3rd Congressional District Republican Party$500
Police Officers Federation Of Minneapolis$500
Total Raised in 2010 $66,534


Listed below are the four largest contributors to Kurt Zellers' 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $7,940
32nd Senate District Republican Party $3,200
Kurt Zellers $3,000
3rd Congressional District Republican Party $1,750


Zellers is married with two children.[2]

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