Kurt Bills

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Kurt Bills
Kurt Bills.jpg
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 37B district
In office
January 4, 2011 – January, 2013
Preceded by Phil Sterner
Succeeded by Anna Wills
Personal details
Born Kurt P. Bills
(1970-01-08) January 8, 1970 (age 44)
Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cindy Bills
Children Kyla, Cassandra, Hayden, Olivia
Alma mater Winona State University
Occupation High School Economics Teacher
Religion Christian

Kurt P. Bills (born January 8, 1970) is an American politician, who served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2011-2012. In 2012, he received the Republican nomination for United States Senate and ran against Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar in November losing to the incumbent by a margin of 35%.[1]

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Bills attended Winona State University earning a B.S. in secondary social studies education, B.A. in US history, and M.A. in education.

Since 1996, Bills has worked as a secondary social studies teacher at Rosemount High School, teaching courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics[2] and American Government & Politics.[citation needed] He is also the former head coach of the wrestling team.[3]

Early Political Life[edit]

In 2008, Bills was elected to the Rosemount City Council from a field of 26 candidates.[4]

Bills cites his students for his reason to enter the political arena. In Bills words: "In 2007, when studying fiscal policy, national debt, deficits, and entitlements, a student asked why solutions are not sought if we know that we have structural problems. I explained how politicians make self-interested choices just like the rest of us. After a short discussion about party structure, media and election cycle politics, one of my more politically active students, in a mixture of depression, anger and frustration asked, 'Mr. Bills, what are we supposed to do about this?'" [5]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

2010 election[edit]

He ran for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010 in District 37B. He defeated incumbent Democratic State Representative Phil Sterner 58%-42%.[6]

Tenure[edit]

His district includes Rosemount and parts of Apple Valley, located in the southeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.[7]

He was a chief author of bills supporting scholarships for early high school graduation, reduction of pay for legislators if the budget is not balanced by the end of the legislative session, as well as allowing gold and silver to be used as legal tender in Minnesota.[8]

On May 21, 2011, he joined the House Republican Majority in voting for a constitutional amendment to constitutionally ban marriage for same sex couples. [9] He was also among those legislators during the July 2011 Minnesota government shutdown that declined their pay.[10]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • House Committee on Capital Investment
  • House Committee on Education/Finance
  • House Committee on Taxes[11]

2012 U.S. Senate election[edit]

In March 2012, Bills announced his candidacy for the Republican endorsement to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.[12] Bills was endorsed in his run by GOP presidential contender Ron Paul,[13] U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers.[14]

At the state Republican convention in May 2012, Bills received the GOP U.S. Senate endorsement on the second ballot.[15] Bills won the Primary on August 14, 2012, allowing him to challenge Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar.

Senator Klobuchar was re-elected November 6th, 2012. [16]

Professional Life after the 2012 Election[edit]

In March 2013, Forbes.com added Bills as a contributor to their online site. [17]

In July 2013, H&H Partners Consulting Corporation named Bills to its board of directors, acting as Executive Chairman and a Senior Advisor. [18]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Cindy, own a licensed home daycare that she operates.[19] They attend the Christ Church in Apple Valley.[20]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bills wins GOP nod for U.S. Senate," by Rachel E. Stassen, May 18, 2012, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  2. ^ Brooks, Jennifer. "Before hitting campaign trail, Kurt Bills is back in classroom". The Star Tribune. Retrieved May 24, 2012. ""If you want to write a diatribe against me, I completely understand and it's probably well deserved," Bills joked with his students as he urged them to fill out an evaluation of the year's lessons in micro and macroeconomics. He also asked them what he could improve on next year -- just in case he's not on his way to Washington." 
  3. ^ http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/123261/kurt-bills
  4. ^ Rupar, Aaron (2012-03-08). "Kurt Bills, MNGOP Rep., seeking Republican endorsement to challenge Klobuchar - Minneapolis News - The Blotter". Blogs.citypages.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  5. ^ [1] "How I Teach High Scholl Economics in the Scandinavian Socialist Midwest"
  6. ^ "MN House Seat 37B Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  7. ^ http://www.commissions.leg.state.mn.us/gis/html/l2002/pdf/37b.pdf
  8. ^ https://www.revisor.mn.gov/revisor/pages/search_status/status_search.php?body=House&session=0872011[]=&legid1=15343
  9. ^ "Roll call vote: Same-sex marriage ban amendment". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  10. ^ "Many Local Lawmakers Getting Paid During Shutdown". WDIO.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  11. ^ "Kurt Bills (R) 37B - Minnesota House of Representatives". House.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  12. ^ Stassen, Rachel E. "GOP state Rep. Bills to run for U.S. Senate". StarTribune.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  13. ^ Business Wire. "Ron Paul Endorses U.S. Senate Candidate Rep. Kurt Bills of Minnesota". Business Wire. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  14. ^ Croman, John. "Rosemount teacher to take on Klobuchar for Senate". Kare 11. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  15. ^ "Bills wins GOP nod for U.S. Senate," by Rachel E. Stassen, May 18, 2012, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  16. ^ [2] "MN Election Results"
  17. ^ [3] "Kurt Bills Profile on Forbes"
  18. ^ [4] "H&H Partners Announces Kurt Bills as Board Member"
  19. ^ Radomski, Lauren. "Bills Clinches Minn. GOP Senate Endorsement". 5 Eyewitness News. Retrieved May 24, 2012. "Bills and his wife, Cindy, have four children (Kyla, Cassandra, Hayden, and Olivia) and live in Rosemount, a suburb south St. Paul. They own a licensed home day care that she runs." 
  20. ^ http://kurtbills.com/about/

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Mark Kennedy
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Minnesota
(Class 1)

2012
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