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Gerlach, Chris

House 1999-2002 (District 36A); House 2003-2004 (District 37A); Senate 2004-2012 (District 37)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Dakota

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 11/17/1964
Birth Place: Apple Valley, Minnesota
Birth County: Dakota
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Covenant
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Apple Valley
Occupation (when first elected): Small Business Owner, Telecommunications Sales Representative

EDUCATION

Apple Valley High School; Secondary;
University of St. Thomas; B.A.; Political Science
University of South Dakota; M.B.A.; Business

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol; 1978 to 20??
Military: United States Air Force (Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Crew Commander, Catain, Lieutenant; College Reserve Officer Training Corps); 1988 to 1993
County Board/Commissioner: Dakota County, Minnesota (County Commissioner); 2013 to 2020

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Shelli
Children: Two children: Erica (daughter), Garret (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: tax relief, less government spending, education reform, public safety.

Religion provided by Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1999-2000.

Total Days Served: 5117

SESSIONS SERVED

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 37
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Apple Valley
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Self-Employed, Real Estate
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Commerce and Consumer Protection (Chair)
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Rules and Administration
  • Rules and Administration: Redistricting
Leadership Position: Majority Whip
Leadership Notes: He resigned from this position on December 27, 2011.

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 37
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Apple Valley
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Self-Employed, Real Estate
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Business, Industry and Jobs
  • Capital Investment
  • Commerce and Consumer Protection
  • Education
  • Finance: E-12 Education Budget and Policy Division
  • State and Local Government Operations and Oversight
  • State and Local Government Operations and Oversight: Elections

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 37
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Apple Valley
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Self-Employed, Real Estate
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Business, Industry and Jobs
  • Capital Investment
  • Commerce and Consumer Protection
  • Finance: E-12 Education Budget Division
  • State and Local Government Operations and Oversight
  • State and Local Government Operations and Oversight: Elections

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 37
Elected: 7/13/2004
Residence: Apple Valley
Term of Office: 7/21/2004 to 1/2/2007 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Self-Employed, Real Estate
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Finance
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Energy
  • Jobs, Energy and Community Development: Housing
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader
Session Notes: He won the Senate special election held due to the resignation of David Knutson. He took office on July 21, 2004.

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 37
Elected: 7/13/2004
Residence: Apple Valley
Term of Office: 7/21/2004 to 1/2/2007 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Self-Employed, Real Estate
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Session Notes: He won the Senate special election held due to the resignation of David Knutson. He took office on July 21, 2004.

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 37A
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: Apple Valley
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 7/20/2004 (unfinished term)
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Self-Employed/Sales
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Development Finance Minutes
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Whip
Reason for unfinished term: Elected to other office
Session Notes: He won the special election to Senate District 37 in July 2004. No special election was held for this House seat.

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 36A
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Apple Valley
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Sales
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Development Finance Minutes
  • Regulated Industries Minutes
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 36A
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Apple Valley
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Small Business Owner, Telecommunications Sales Representative
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce Minutes
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Policy Minutes
  • State Government Finance Minutes
Articles & Books About
Martin, Grant. "Gerlach Hammers Home Plan to Give Taxes the Ax." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, March 12, 1999, p. 21.


District Files

District File - 2002 District 36A
District File - 2003 District 37A
District File - 2004 District 37
District File - 2005 District 37
District File - 2006 District 37
District File - 2007 District 37
District File - 2008 District 37
District File - 2009 District 37
These files are available in the Legislative Reference Library.

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.