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Gazelka, Paul

House 2005-2006 (District 12A); Senate 2011-2012 (District 12); Senate 2013-Present (District 9)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, Wadena

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 10/1/1959
Birth Place: ,
Birth County:
Birth Country:
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Brainerd
Occupation (when first elected): Business, Insurance Agent and Manager

EDUCATION

Roosevelt High School, Virginia; Secondary;
Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma; B.S.; Business Management

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

School Board/Administration: Minnesota (School Board, Chair); [Dates Unknown]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Maralee (married around 1982)
Children: Five children: Jessica, Genna, Emily, Joshua, and Lydia
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He ran and won as the Republican Party endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Senate in the 2010 primary election against Paul Koering.

Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.

Total Days Served: 3967

SESSIONS SERVED

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

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 09
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Nisswa
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Cass, Morrison, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Business owner
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2019 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2019 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Rules and Administration (Chair)
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Majority Leader

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 09
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Nisswa
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Cass, Morrison, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Business Owner, Paul Gazelka Insurance Agency Inc.
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2017 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2017 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Rules and Administration (Chair)
  • Taxes
Leadership Position: Majority Leader

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

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 09
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Nisswa
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Cass, Morrison, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Business Owner, Paul Gazelka Insurance Agency Inc.
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce
  • Finance: State Departments and Veterans Budget Division
  • Finance: Veterans and Military Affairs Subdivision
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Personnel and Budget Subcommittee
  • Taxes
  • Taxes: Tax Reform Division
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 09
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Nisswa
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Cass, Morrison, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Business Owner, Paul Gazelka Insurance Agency Inc.
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Commerce
  • Finance: State Departments and Veterans Division
  • Rules and Administration
  • Taxes: Tax Reform Division
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader
Leadership Notes: He was named Assistant Minority Leader on February 24, 2014.

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 12
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Brainerd
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Business Owner, Paul Gazelka Insurance Agency, Inc., State Farm Insurance
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2011 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Commerce and Consumer Protection
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • State Government Innovation and Veterans
  • Transportation
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader
Leadership Notes: He was selected for this position by the Republican caucus on December 27, 2011.

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12A
Elected: 11/2/2004
Residence: Brainerd
Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Crow Wing
Occupation: Business, Insurance Agent and Manager
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Commerce and Financial Institutions Minutes
  • Commerce and Financial Institutions: Tourism Division Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Opportunity Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Transportation Minutes
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2005 House Interview


Articles & Books By
Gazelka, Paul. "Marketplace Ministers: Awakening God's People in the Workplace to Their Ultimate Purpose." Florida: Creation House, Strang Communications Company, 2003.


Articles & Books About
Dunn, Ruth. "Strong Family Ties: The Gazelka Family Goes to St. Paul." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, January 28, 2005, p. 15.



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