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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Gary Paur is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Paur earned his B.A. in Art from the University of North Dakota. His professional experience includes working as a farmer.

Education

  • BS, Art, University of North Dakota, 1965-1971

Political Experience

  • BS, Art, University of North Dakota, 1965-1971
  • Representative, North Dakota State Assembly, 2010-present
  • Former Mayor, Gilby
  • Candidate, North Dakota State House of Representatives, District 19, 2018

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Human Services Committee, North Dakota State Assembly

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Joint Committee on Government Finance

Member, Joint Committee on Higher Education

Member, Judiciary Committee

Member, Transportation Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Art, University of North Dakota, 1965-1971
  • Representative, North Dakota State Assembly, 2010-present
  • Former Mayor, Gilby
  • Candidate, North Dakota State House of Representatives, District 19, 2018
  • Former Chair, District 19 Republicans
  • Member, Farm Bureau
  • Member, Knights of Columbus
  • Former President, Northarvest Bean Growers Association
  • Member, Saint Timothy’s Catholic Church
Policy Positions

North Dakota State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Abortion & Reproductive

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

2. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- No

3. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget, Spending, & Tax

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing North Dakota's budget.

1. Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
- No

2. Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
- No

3. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
- No

4. An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Campaign Finance & Government Reform

1. Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
- No

2. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- No

3. Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
- No

4. Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- d) With alternatives.

Crime & Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- No

2. Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- No

3. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- Yes

4. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- b) I do not support legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes but will fully support the voter's wishes.c) A minor should be prosecuted as an adult in the rare instances where the crime is exceptionally severe.

Economic

1. Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
- Yes

4. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- No

5. Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
- Yes

6. Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of North Dakota?
- No

7. Do you support reducing regulations on industrial livestock farming in North Dakota?
- No

8. Other or expanded principles
- d) ND has such a labor shortage that expanding unemployment benefits would exacerbate the problem.g) The voters are against reducing regulations and I am in full agreement.

Education

1. Do you support adopting federal education standards in North Dakota?
- No

2. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- Yes

3. Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from North Dakota high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- b) The state should support charter schools at the same level as public schools

Environment & Energy

1. Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- No

2. Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

3. Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- b) North Dakota is better able to determine what is best for the state concerning emissions.c) We have a state Water Commission which is generally responsible for such initiatives.

Gun

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

2. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- No

3. Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
- No

4. Should a license be required for gun ownership?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- c) Arming teachers should be restricted to individuals who have met very stringent standards and received comprehensive training for which they will be compensated and the decision left ultimately to the local school board.

Health

1. Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
- Yes

2. Do you support Medicaid expansion through North Dakota's health care programs?
- No

3. Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
- No

4. Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
- No

5. Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
- No

6. Do you support increasing state funding for mental health initiatives?
- Yes

7. Other or expanded principles
- b) ND has Medicaid expansion. I would not support further expansion.f) Increased funding would be dependent upon the initiative.

Social

1. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in North Dakota's anti-discrimination laws?
- No

2. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in North Dakota's anti-discrimination laws?
- No

3. Do you support greater efforts by North Dakota state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

In the following area, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- 1) A priority for any segment of government has to be infrastructure which includes water, high speed internet, communications and of course roads and bridges among other things. As funds are available, the SIIF fund was founded just for this purpose and depending on the price of oil the fund may have adequate resources. 2) ND has a head start in the field of UAS research and development. This has the potential to bring significant benefits to the state and should remain a high priority.