|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|
May 18, 1954|
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Political party||Republican Party of Minnesota|
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.