Gil Gutknecht

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Gilbert William "Gil" Gutknecht, Jr. was a Republican member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota's First Congressional District from 1995 to 2007. He was defeated in the 2006 congressional elections by Democrat Timothy Walz.



Gutknecht was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa on March 20, 1951. He graduated with a degree in business from the University of Northern Iowa. He was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1982 to 1994 before entering Congress. He has announced plans to run for re-election in 2006, despite a vow when first elected that he would never serve more than twelve years.

Congressional career

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Gutknecht voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Timothy Walz to face Gutknecht in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Walz defeated Gutknecht 53% to 47% to take possession of the seat. [2]

Meet the Cash Constituents

Links to more campaign contribution information for Gil Gutknecht
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals


Gutknecht pledged to serve no more than six terms in Congress during his initial campaign in 1994. He broke the pledge, however, when he opted to seek a seventh term in 2006. [3]

(See Congresspedia page on term limits in Congress)

Committees and Affiliations

Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Articles and Resources



More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Gil Gutknecht. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Local blogs and discussion sites


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