|Preceded by Phil Sterner|
Spouse(s) Cindy Bills
Party Republican Party
Political party Republican
|Full Name Kurt P. Bills|
Succeeded by district redrawn
Name Kurt Bills
|Born January 8, 1970 (age 53)
Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin, U.S. (1970-01-08) |
Children Kyla, Cassandra, Hayden, Olivia
Alma mater Winona State University
Education Winona State University
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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%.
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- Constitutional candidates kurt bills house district 37b 7 28 10 part 1
- Early life education and early career
- Early Political Life
- 2010 election
- Committee assignments
- 2012 US Senate election
- Professional Life after the 2012 Election
- Personal life
Constitutional candidates kurt bills house district 37b 7 28 10 part 1
Early life, education, and early career
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 and American Government & Politics. He is also the former head coach of the wrestling team.
Early Political Life
In 2008, Bills was elected to the Rosemount City Council from a field of 26 candidates.
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?'"
He ran for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010 in District 37B. He defeated incumbent Democratic State Representative Phil Sterner 58%-42%.
His district includes Rosemount and parts of Apple Valley, located in the southeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.
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.
On May 21, 2011, he joined the House Republican Majority in voting for a constitutional amendment to constitutionally ban marriage for same sex couples. He was also among those legislators during the July 2011 Minnesota government shutdown that declined their pay.
2012 U.S. Senate election
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. Bills was endorsed in his run by GOP presidential contender Ron Paul, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers.
At the state Republican convention in May 2012, Bills received the GOP U.S. Senate endorsement on the second ballot. Bills won the Primary on August 14, 2012, allowing him to challenge Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar.
Senator Klobuchar was re-elected November 6, 2012.
Professional Life after the 2012 Election
In March 2013, Forbes.com added Bills as a contributor to their online site.
In July 2013, H&H Partners Consulting Corporation named Bills to its board of directors, acting as Executive Chairman and a Senior Advisor.
He and his wife, Cindy, own a licensed home daycare that she operates. They attend the Christ Church in Apple Valley.