About Paul Gazelka

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka is currently serving his third term in the Minnesota Senate representing Cass, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties. Gazelka was the Ranking Republican on the Commerce Committee and a member of the Taxes Committee in the 2015-2016 biennium. Born in St. Paul, he attended Roosevelt High School in Virginia, MN, the University of Minnesota Duluth, and graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Business Management degree. He currently owns a small business in Baxter.
Before being elected to the Minnesota Senate, Gazelka served one term in the Minnesota House, as President of the Madison, MN Chamber of Commerce, and as President of the Madison Kiwanis Club. He was also the President of Heartland Christian Academy in Bemidji. Gazelka and his wife have five children, three grandchildren, and are active in their local church.

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Chair: Joyce Heffron
  • Deputy Chair: Maralee Gazelka
  • Treasurer: Diane Johnson

Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Marriage