|Member of the Minnesota Senate|
from the 35th district
|Assumed office |
February 22, 2016
|Preceded by||Branden Petersen|
|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
from the 35A district
49A (1999–2003), 48B (2003–2013)
January 5, 1999 – January 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Charlie Weaver|
|Succeeded by||Abigail Whelan|
|Born||May 18, 1954|
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Political party||Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota|
Northwestern College of Chiropractic
James J. Abeler II (born May 18, 1954) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 35 in the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area. He formerly represented District 35A in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Early life and education
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Abeler was born in Minneapolis. 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. In the late 1990s, he founded PACT Charter School in Anoka.
Abeler was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1998 and was re-elected every two years since then until retiring in 2014. 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
Jim Abeler formed the MN Autism Council in Fall of 2018. He was subsequently criticized for appointing Wayne Rohde, cofounder of the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota, to the Council in 2019. Rohde is a prominent vaccine skeptic and an executive for Health Choice, which advocates for health conditions in children "caused by side effects of vaccine choices."
- "Abeler, Jim". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- Pugmire, Tim and Tom Scheck (June 18, 2013). "State Rep. Abeler running for US Senate". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
- "Anti-vaccine advocates appointed to Minnesota autism council after measles outbreak".