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Gil Gutknecht (Gilbert William Gutknecht Jr)

Gil Gutknecht, American former congressman, former state legislator. Named Guardian of Small Business, National Federation Independence Business, 2002; recipient Friend of the Farm Bureau award, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, 2002, Taxpayers Friend award, National Taxpayers Union, 2003.


  • Gutknecht, Gil was born on March 20, 1951 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States. Son of Gilbert William Senior and Joan (Kerns) Gutknecht.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Northern Iowa, 1973.


    • Sales representative J. S. Latta, Cedar Falls, 1973-1978, Valley School Supplies, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1978-1981. Auctioneer Rochester, Minnesota, 1978-1995. Member Minnesota House Representatives from District 30A, 1982-1995, floor leader, 1990—1994.

      Member United States Congress from 1st Minnesota district, 1995—2007, member science committee, budget committee, agriculture committee, standards committee, human resources committee, government reform committee, since 1997, chairman dairy nutrition & forestry committee. Chair Minnesota Presidential Campaign of Republican Jack F. Kemp, 1988.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Roman Catholic



    Fishing, boating, baseball.


    • Married Mary Catherine Keefe, June 3, 1972. Children: Margaret, Paul, Emily.
    • father: Gilbert William Senior Gutknecht
    • mother: Joan (Kerns) Gutknecht
    • spouse: Mary Catherine Keefe
    • children: Margaret Gutknecht
    • Paul Gutknecht
    • Emily Gutknecht
    Gil Gutknecht
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    Born March 20, 1951
    (age 66)