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Abeler, Jim

House 1999-2002 (District 49A); House 2003-2012 (District 48B); House 2013-2014 (District 35A); Senate 2016-Present (District 35)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Anoka

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 5/18/1954
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Birth County: Hennepin
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Anoka
Occupation (when first elected): Chiropractor; Co-Owner Family Business, Abeler Chiropractic Clinic, Anoka

EDUCATION

Anoka High School; Secondary;
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities;
Hamline University;
NW Health Services University; D.C.; Chiropractic

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Barb
Children: Six children: Jamie, Jessie, Jordan "Jordy," Josiah, Jude, and Judson (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Religion provided by his son's obituary.

He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican party endorsement for the United States Senate seat but ran unendorsed in the 2014 primary election. He lost the primary.

Total Days Served: 6967

SESSIONS SERVED

91st Legislative Session (2019-2020) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 35
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance
  • Family Care and Aging
  • Health and Human Services Finance and Policy
  • Higher Education Finance and Policy
  • Human Services Reform Finance and Policy (Chair)

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 35
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor, Abeler Chiropractic Clinic
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2017 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
  • Health and Human Services Finance and Policy
  • Higher Education Finance and Policy
  • Human Services Reform Finance and Policy (Chair)

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 35
Elected: 2/9/2016
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 2/22/2016 to 1/2/2017 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation:
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Finance: Subcommittee on Equity
Session Notes: He won the Senate special election held due to the resignation of Branden Petersen. He was sworn in on February 22, 2017.

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 35A
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Health and Human Services Finance Minutes
  • Health and Human Services Policy Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48B
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2011 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Health and Human Services Finance (Chair) Minutes
  • Health and Human Services Reform Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48B
Elected: 11/4/2008
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Finance: Health Care and Human Services Finance Division Minutes
  • Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Minutes
  • Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight: Licensing Division Minutes
  • K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48B
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • E-12 Education Minutes
  • Finance: Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Health Care and Human Services Finance Division Minutes
  • Health and Human Services Minutes
  • Health and Human Services: Licensing Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48B
Elected: 11/2/2004
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Education Policy and Reform Minutes
  • Health Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Health Policy and Finance: Health Care Cost Containment Division (Chair) Minutes
  • Higher Education Finance Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48B
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Education Finance
  • Health and Human Services Finance
  • Health and Human Services Policy

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 49A
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
   2002 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Health and Human Services Finance
  • Health and Human Services Policy
  • K-12 Education Finance

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 49A
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Anoka
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Anoka
Occupation: Chiropractor; Co-Owner Family Business, Abeler Chiropractic Clinic, Anoka
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Education Policy
  • Family and Early Childhood Education Finance
  • Health and Human Services Policy
  • K-12 Education Finance
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2014 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2010 House Interview


Video
Departing Member Interview (Video) 2014


Articles & Books About
Hallonquist, Sarah. "Anoka Lawmaker Hoping for Successful Rookie Year." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, January 15, 1999, p. 14.



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