Tim Kelly (Minnesota politician)

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Tim Kelly
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 21A district
28A (2009–2013)
In office
January 6, 2009 – January 2, 2017
Preceded bySandy Wollschlager
Succeeded byBarb Haley
Personal details
Born (1964-02-26) February 26, 1964 (age 58)
Welch, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materMinnesota State University, Mankato
Occupationfinancial advisor, business owner

Timothy Joseph Kelly (born February 26, 1964) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represented District 21A, which included all or portions of Goodhue and Wabasha counties in the southeastern part of the state.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Kelly graduated from Red Wing High School in Red Wing, then went on to Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, earning his B.S. cum laude, majoring in Marketing Management and Industrial Relations, and minoring in Economics. While in college, he was a strong safety on the MSU football team. He was undersized, but slow. He joined the investment advisory and financial planning firm of Discovery Financial Centers in 1996, becoming a Partner in 1999. He served on the Red Wing School Board from 2005 to 2009.[1][2] He is also a financial advisor.[3]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Kelly was first elected in 2008, unseating first-term Rep. Sandy Wollschlager, and was re-elected in 2010, 2012, and 2014.[4] During the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions, Kelly chaired the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee.[5] As chair, Kelly supported dedicating state vehicle-related taxes to transportation funding as part of a $600,000,000 funding package focused largely on repairing roads and bridges.[6][7] He opposed using state dollars to fund urban light rail projects.[8]

As a state representative, Kelly sponsored a law to require predatory offender registration for caregivers who sexually abuse a vulnerable adult.[9]

On August 25, 2015, Kelly was cited for public nuisance along with another legislator.[10] Kelly disputed allegations in the report and paid a small fine arising from the citation.[11][12][13]

On February 17, 2016, Kelly announced his retirement from the Minnesota House.[14]


  1. ^ "Kelly, Tim - Legislator Record - Minnesota Legislators Past & Present".
  2. ^ "Tim Kelly". www.kellyforhouse.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-09.
  3. ^ "Kelly, Tim - Legislator Record - Minnesota Legislators Past & Present".
  4. ^ "Wollschlager, Sandy - Legislator Record - Minnesota Legislators Past & Present".
  5. ^ "Kelly, Tim - Legislator Record - Minnesota Legislators Past & Present". www.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  6. ^ "Session Daily Story - Minnesota House of Representatives". www.house.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  7. ^ "How a transportation deal didn't get done at the Legislature". MinnPost. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  8. ^ "Mass transit is more than light rail – and still costly". Twin Cities. April 18, 2016. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  9. ^ "Session Weekly - Minnesota House of Representatives". www.house.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  10. ^ Tad Johnson (September 11, 2015). "Emails, deputy's full report released in Mack-Kelly case". Sun This Week. ECM Publishers. New information in the public nuisance case involving state Reps. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley...
  11. ^ Larimer, Sarah (2015-09-03). "State lawmakers deny 'making out' in car at Minnesota park". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  12. ^ http://www.citypages.com | Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | Minnesota Reps. Tim Kelly, Tara Mack ticketed for "making out" in a car | Michael Rietmulder | [1]
  13. ^ Michigan Lawmaker Affair Hearing Begins | NBC NEWS CHANNEL |
  14. ^ Bakst, Brian (February 17, 2016). "GOP Rep. Tim Kelly to retire from Minnesota House". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved February 17, 2016.

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