David Gaither, Republican Candidate for State Senator in District 44

Gaither will challenge Terri Bonoff to represent Plymouth and northern Minnetonka in the Minnesota State Legislature.

General Information

Name : Mr. David Gaither
Age : 55
Place of residence : Plymouth



Attended college : Yes
College : University of Minnesota

Employment Information

Job titles held : President, CEO, National Sales Manager, Executive Director
Employers : NA

Political Information

Party affiliation : Republican
Running for a: State office
Running for position: Minnesota State Senate
Chamber/district: 44
Incumbent: No
First elected: 05 November 2002
Previous elective offices : Minnesota Senate Senate
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None

Party HQ

Address 16500 45th Ave N


Website : www.davidgaither.com
Twitter : @david_gaither

Graduate of Wayzata High School

Director, Wayzata Plymouth Youth Football 1998 – 2008

Director, Lake Minnetonka Athletic Association

Football Coach, Providence Academy

Football Coach, Wayzata High School

Track Coach, Wayzata High School

Public Service

Chief of Staff, Governor Tim Pawlenty

Member, Minnesota Senate

Vice Chair, Plymouth Planning Commission

Member, Wayzata Schools’ Citizens Financial Advisory Council

As a member of the Minnesota Senate David served on the Commerce, Capital Investment and K12 Finance Committees. He was a strong proponent of education reform, and consistently voted against tax increases and excessive spending. As Governor Pawlenty’s chief of staff, David negotiated legislation among the DFL led Senate, the Republican led House, and the Governor. He was instrumental in naming district and Supreme Court Justices, and worked closely with the Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor and cabinet members on the operations of the State. There was no special session during David’s tenure as Chief of Staff and the biennium ended with a budget surplus.


David and Susan have been married for 19 years, and have children Ben, Alexis & Nick. 

David has thirty years business management experience, including the development and leadership of start up and early operating stage companies.


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