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Kriesel, John

House 2011-2012 (District 57A)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Dakota, Washington

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 10/7/1981
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Gender: Male
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Reported Minority: None Reported
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City of Residence (when first elected): Cottage Grove
Occupation (when first elected): Private Marketing and Advertising Contractor to the Minnesota Army National Guard/Contributor, Power Trip Morning Radio Show, KFAN-AM 1130

EDUCATION

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: Minnesota Army National Guard (Kosovo, 2004; Iraq, Camp Fallujah; Wounded in Iraq, Lost Both Legs; Awarded Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart Medal, and Bronze Star Medal; Staff Sergeant); 10/07/1998 to 2008
U.S. Legislative Staff/Council/Commission: United States Senate (Intern for United States Senator Norm Coleman); 2007 to 2007

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Katie
Children: Two children: Elijah and Broden (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He lost both legs in military combat in Iraq in 2006 as he chronicled in his memoir, Still Standing.

Total Days Served: 735

SESSIONS SERVED

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 57A
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Cottage Grove
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Dakota, Washington
Occupation: Private Marketing and Advertising Contractor to the Minnesota Army National Guard/Contributor, Power Trip Morning Radio Show, KFAN-AM 1130
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2011 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Judiciary Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Minutes
  • State Government Finance: Veterans Services Division Minutes
Articles & Books By
Kriesel, John, and Jim Kosmo. Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel. Edina, MN: Beaver's Pond Press, 2010.


Articles & Books About
Busse, Nick. "Putting Family First." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, April 20, 2012, p. 19.

Townsend, John. "2011 Person of the Year - John Kriesel: A Profile in Courage." Lavender, December 15-28, 2011.

Busse, Nick. "A Soldier on a New Mission." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 4, 2011, p. 19.



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