Gary Dahms Bio

Gary Dahms

Minnesota Senator

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I was born and raised in Clements, Minnesota and graduated from Redwood Falls High School. I attended the University of Minnesota where I earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business administration. I am also a graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership Program.

I owned and operated Dahms Insurance Agency for 25 years. I turned my appreciation for my community into a lifelong dedication of service and volunteerism. As President of the Redwood Area Education Foundation, I was responsible for a fundraising campaign to re-establish agricultural education in the Redwood Area Schools and continue to support the program through my leadership in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni Association.


Spouse Barb, 2 children, 2 grandchildren

Former business owner, insurance agent, and former county commissioner

BS, Agricultural Business Administration, University of Minnesota


Special Legislative Concerns
Budget, taxes, jobs, economic development

I live in Redwood Falls with my wife of 48 years, Barb. We have two grown children, Michelle (Byron) and Michael; and two grandchildren. We are also active members of the First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls.

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  • Commerce and Consumer Protection, Chair
  • Ag Finance and Policy Committee, Vice-Chair
  • Finance and Housing Policy
  • Capital Investment (Bonding) Committee
  • Past Co-majority whip
  • Republican Rural Caucus
    · Past Caucus co-chair
  • Past Assistant Majority Leader
    · Republican Senate Caucus

Recognitions Received

  • 2022 Housing Leadership Award by Housing First Minnesota
  • 2022 Minnesota Public Television “Good Neighbor” Award
  • 2022 Big I Minnesota Legislator of the Year Award
  • 2019 University of Minnesota – College of Food, Agriculture, and National Resource Sciences (CFANS), Distinguished Alumni
  • 2019 Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA), Legislator of Distinction
  • 2019, 2018 League of Minnesota Cities, Legislator of Distinction
  • 2019, 2018 Minnesota Federation of County Fairs (MFCF), Friend of County Fairs
  • 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2016 National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), Guardian of Small Businesses
  • 2018 Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA), Elected Official of the Year
  • 2018 Manufactured and Modular Housing Association of Minnesota (MMHA), Friend of Affordable Housing
  • 2017 National FFA Association, Honorary American FFA Degree
  • 2016 Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators (MAAE), Bellringer Award
  • 2016 Alpha Gamma Rho – Lambda Chapter, Man of the Year
  • 2015 Minnesota FFA Association, Hall of Fame
  • 2013 Minnesota FFA Association, Honorary State FFA Degree

Broad Base of Experience

My broad base of experience is evidenced by my service on many boards:

  • Redwood County Board of Commissioners
  • Redwood Area Education Foundation
  • Redwood County Agricultural Society
  • Redwood Area FFA Alumni Association
  • Redwood County Extension Committee
  • Redwood Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Board
  • Redwood Area Development Corporation
  • Redwood County Economic Development Association
  • Redwood County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Southwest Minnesota Regional Development Commission
  • Minnesota Valley Rail Authority
  • Service Enterprises Inc.
  • Redwood/Renville Health Services Board
  • Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)


  • Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC)
  • Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)

Boards and Councils

  • Council of State Governments (CSG)
    · Economic Development Committee
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
    · Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee
  • Minnesota Agriculture Education Leadership Council (MAELC)
  • Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
  • National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)
    · Executive Committee
    · Life Insurance and Financial Planning Committee
    · Property and Casualty Committee
Re-Elect Dahms for Minnesota Senate

Gary Dahms for Minnesota Senate

Get out and vote in the November 8th, 2022 general election!

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