Nels (Nels) Pierson (R-26b)

State Repersentative Nels Pierson

Nels (Nels) Pierson (R-26b)
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Capitol: 651.296.4378
FAX: 651.296.1326
District: 651.296.2208
Room 367 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155-1232
1301 Salem Road, SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Residence:Rochester, MN

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Nels Pierson is a Realtor and real estate developer in the Rochester area. He is married to Nicole and they have three children Sonja, Nels IV and Mardoche. He received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1995 and went back to school while working to obtain his juris doctor from Hamline University School of Law in 2012. Nels' friends often tease him because he first describes himself as a "dairy farmer from Butterfield." Nels was born and raised in southern Minnesota, where his father was a dairy farmer and mother was a teacher. In Butterfield he learned the value of hard work, family, a good education, and access to quality health care. Whether serving in local 4-H leadership or as captain of his high school wrestling team, Nels has been active in the community from a young age. When Nels was very young, his father was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. Throughout his youth, his father spent a lot of time in the hospital. Thanks to the care provided by physicians, nurses and other care givers, his father was able to continue working on the farm. When he required a heart transplant, Nels and his siblings operated the family farm. The family spent summers showing their cattle at county, regional, state and national dairy shows. His mother had a passion for education so after high school Nels left the farm to attend Gustavus Adolphus College, where he studied political science and speech communications. He also developed a passion for long-distance running, and became a walk-on athlete for Gustavus' track and cross country teams. During the summers, he returned home to help his father on the farm and worked night shift jobs in a meat packing plant and metal fabrication/electro plating factory. On the farm and in the plant, Nels saw not only the value of these jobs but also the value of the people who worked them. After college Nels moved to Rochester, where he worked in the auto industry and, more important, met Nicole. Together Nels and Nicole began to acquire, renovate, manage and sell commercial and residential properties. They have a particular interest in historical preservation of area properties. He also continued to pursue his growing interest in politics. Becoming involved through the caucus process, Nels was elected to central committee of the local party and in 2001 was elected as chair of the Olmsted County Republican party. In 2002, he was the campaign manager that helped get Carla Nelson first elected to the Minnesota State House of Representatives. Building on that experience, Nels was honored to serve as U.S. Congressman Gil Gutknecht's campaign manager for two election cycles. Nels stayed involved in politics because he knows that with more informed and active citizens the probability increases for our state and nation to be left in much better shape for future generations. Quoting one of Dr. Ben Carson's favorite sayings, "If two people think and say the same thing about everything, then one of them is not necessary." Nels believes that every citizen serves a purpose in our republic and that is why he is involved and why he encourages others to participate also. In 2009, Nels made his love of property development his profession, becoming a realtor for Edina Realty and continued acquiring and restoring properties. He believed further education in real estate law would benefit his clients, so began his education at Hamline. In addition to attending law school and selling real estate, Nels was asked to serve as political consultant for several federal and state issues. Nels consulted for clients, including the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Nels currently continues his work as a realtor. He and Nicole personally invest their labor and resources in properties throughout SE MN. The hands-on rehabilitation of aging and historic properties provides the whole family the same kind of opportunities for hard work that Nels had growing up. Nels also deeply respects businessmen and women who have put everything on the line to start their businesses, and who are the ones who provide jobs, and build and drive our local economy. He has served as a Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce ambassador, serves on the board of the History Center of Olmsted County, volunteered as an RYSA soccer coach, volunteers at St. Pius X elementary school, and has completed every Med-City marathon since they began in 1996. A hallmark trait, his supporters often remark, "Nels is not afraid of hard work." Nels demonstrated his hard work when an open legislative seat was announced in June of 2013, Nels set out to meet with people throughout Minnesota House seat 26B to find out what issues were important to them. A month later Nels made his announcement at Textile Care Services (TCS) in Southeast Rochester. That location highlighted what the consequences of the Democrat controlled legislature had done to large and small businesses throughout the District during the previous legislative cycle. Increases or proposed increases in taxes made it hard for employers like TCS to remain in Minnesota. When your business involves trucking laundry to and from other businesses it isn't hard to move the operation to a more tax friendly state. Nels had heard from business owners and workers about warehousing taxes, wheelage taxes, gas tax, and energy mandates that would dramatically increase the cost of energy as well as a host of other taxes or mandates that Minnesota businesses faced. Nels committed to making sure jobs could stay in Minnesota. Following that announcement Nels campaigned for a year and a half knocking on doors, attending city and township meetings across the district and being available to anyone that wanted to share their ideas with him.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2014    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Nicole   DOB: 12/29/1972
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