|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 35A district
49A (1999–2003), 48B (2003–2013)
January 5, 1999
|Preceded by||Charlie Weaver|
May 18, 1954 |
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota, Twin
Northwestern Health Sciences
James J. "Jim" Abeler II (born May 18, 1954) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 35A, which includes portions of Anoka County in the northern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He is a the second candidate to seek the Republican nomination in the 2014 U.S. Senate election in Minnesota, the other being businessman Mike McFadden.
Early life and education
Abeler was born in Minneapolis on May 18, 1954. He graduated from Anoka High School in Anoka, then attended the University of Minnesota and Hamline University in Saint Paul. He earned his D.C. from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington in 1979.
Minnesota House of Representatives
Abeler was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1998 and has been re-elected every two years since then. Prior to the 2002 legislative redistricting, he represented the old District 49A. He served as chair of the Health Policy and Finance Subcommittee for the Health Care Cost Containment Division during the 2005 to 2006 biennium.
2014 U.S. Senate campaign
Abeler announced on June 18, 2013 his candidacy for the 2014 U.S. Senate election in Minnesota.
- Jim Abeler at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Rep. Jim Abeler official Minnesota House of Representatives website
- Jim Abeler official campaign website
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker: Rep. Jim Abeler