Serving Communities in Cass, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties!

  • Age:  56
  • Fairview Twp, Cass County, MN
  • Occupation—Business Owner, Insurance Agent, Baxter, MN
  • Married 34 years to Maralee Gazelka - 5 Children, 3 grandchildren. 


  • College Degree—Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Business Experience         
  • Insurance Agent, Madison, MN and Baxter, MN
  • Insurance Agency Manager, Minnesota
  • Insurance Agency Field Executive, Minnesota

Past and Present community activities:

  • Chamber of Commerce President
  • Local Kiwanis President
  • School board chairman
  • Elder of local church
  • State Director of a marriage mentoring program
  • Defensive Driving Instructor for Senior Citizens
  • BYAA Girls Basketball coach
  • LRCC Boys Basketball coach
  • Teen Challenge volunteer
  • Habitat for Humanity volunteer
  • Lakes Area Pregnancy Support (LAPS)
  • Brainerd Area Youth (BAY) volunteer

Legislative Experience/Accomplishments:

  • Senate Majority Leader, Minnesota State Senate 2017 - Present
  • State Senator - Minnesota State Senate 2011 - Present
  • Past Lead Republican on Taxes and Commerce Committees
  • Chief Author - Military Pension Exemption from MN income tax (SF40, 2016)
  • Member – Minnesota House of Representatives 2005-2006
  • Vice Chair of the Commerce Committee
  • Co-authored legislation to shut down meth labs in Minnesota
  • Co-authored legislation to protect life
  • Co-authored legislation to support traditional families
  • Co-authored Minnesota personal Protection Act
  • Worked to bring Teen Challenge to our area
  • Fought to hold the line on taxes during a budget shortfall

Past and Present Endorsements as a legislator:

  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL)
  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • Minnesota Farm Bureau
  • Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus and PAC
  • National Rifle Association
  • Minnesota Education League
  • Named “Guardian of Small Businesses” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
  • Named “Advocate for Local School Solutions” by the Minnesota School Board Association
  • 100% Voting Record 2006 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard
  • MN Family Council's Family Champion in 2014


2016 Endorsements


Gazelka Volunteer Committee

Chair: Joyce Heffron

Deputy Chair: Maralee Gazelka

Treasurer: Diane Johnson