|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
from the 37B district
January 4, 2011 - January 7, 2013
|Born||January 8, 1970|
Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Education||Winona State University (BA, MA)|
Kurt P. Bills (born January 8, 1970) is an American teacher. He has taught and coached high school since 1994. He served on the Rosemount City Council from 2008 to 2010, receiving the most votes out of a 26-person field without posting a single yard sign. He then served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, he received the Republican nomination for United States Senate and ran against Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar was reelected by a margin of 35%. Bills never left the classroom during his stint in politics, choosing to teach at least one class even while running a statewide race.
Since 1996, Bills has worked as a secondary social studies teacher at Rosemount High School, teaching courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and American Government & Politics. He is also the former head coach of the wrestling team.
Bills cited his students for his reason to enter the political arena. In Bills words: "In 2007, when studying fiscal policy, national debt, deficits, and entitlements, a student asked why solutions are not sought if we know that we have structural problems. I explained how politicians make self-interested choices just like the rest of us. After a short discussion about party structure, media and election cycle politics, one of my more politically active students, in a mixture of depression, anger and frustration asked, 'Mr. Bills, what are we supposed to do about this?'" 
Bills was a chief author of bills supporting scholarships for early high school graduation; reduction of pay for legislators if the budget were not balanced by the end of the legislative session; and making gold and silver legal tender in Minnesota.
On May 21, 2011, Bills joined the House Republican Majority in voting for a constitutional amendment to constitutionally ban marriage for same-sex couples. He was also among those legislators during the July 2011 Minnesota government shutdown who declined their pay.
In March 2012, Bills announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Amy Klobuchar. He was endorsed by GOP presidential contender Ron Paul, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers.
At the state Republican convention in May 2012, Bills received the Senate endorsement on the second ballot. He won the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.
Klobuchar defeated Bills in the general election on November 6, 2012. Bills carried only two counties (Rock County and Pipestone County) while Klobuchar swept the rest of the state, winning with 65% of the vote.
In March 2013, Forbes.com added Bills as a contributor to its website.
In July 2013, H&H Partners Consulting Corporation named Bills to its board of directors as Executive Chairman and a Senior Advisor.
Bills and his wife, Cindy, own a licensed home daycare that she operates. They reside in Rosemount with their four children.
"If you want to write a diatribe against me, I completely understand and it's probably well deserved," Bills joked with his students as he urged them to fill out an evaluation of the year's lessons in micro and macroeconomics. He also asked them what he could improve on next year -- just in case he's not on his way to Washington.
Bills and his wife, Cindy, have four children (Kyla, Cassandra, Hayden, and Olivia) and live in Rosemount, a suburb south St. Paul. They own a licensed home day care that she runs.