Gruenhagen, Glenn

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
MN State Senate
District:
17
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
(320) 894-6713
Age:
70
Occupation:
Insurance agent
Education:
2 years at North Hennepin Jr. College; 2 years at U of M; Earned degrees as a CLU and CHFC from the American College
Biographical Info:
Glenn was raised on a dairy farm just outside of Glencoe. In his sophomore year of high school, he enrolled at Dr. Martin Luther Academy in New Ulm, MN, intending to become a Lutheran pastor. His plans came to a halt just prior to his senior year when his parents divorced and he returned to Glencoe to help on the farm and later graduated from Glencoe High School. During Glenn’s first year at Willmar Junior College, his lottery draft number came up and he enlisted in the Marine Corps. After his discharge from the Marines he attended college at North Hennepin Junior College followed by attending the U of MN with a Business Major. During that time, Glenn met and married his wife, Emily (Gould), also a lifelong resident of Glencoe. In 1978, they moved back to the Glencoe area where he began his career as an insurance agent and now owns his own independent agency. Glenn attained degrees as a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) from the American College. Glenn is a member of the Glencoe Rotary and he also participated in jail ministry for 13 years. In 1994 he was elected to the Glencoe Silver Lake school board, where he served for 16 years. In 2010 he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives. After serving six terms in the House he opted to run for the MN Senate when his current senator retired. Glenn and Emily have three daughters and five grandchildren.
Statement:
I am running for office because I am deeply concerned about the future of our state and nation. For over 60 years there has been a systematic effort to secularize and remove God from our schools and society. This has resulted in moral decline and political policies based on moral relativism rather than on the founding principles that made our nation the most free and prosperous nation in world history. As a legislator, I have tried to be a light in a very dark place by introducing legislation that will return us to the basic fundamentals of education and sound economic policies. I believe our nation has been blessed by God because we have acknowledged that He is the author of our civil and religious liberties, but if we turn our backs on Him we will run the risk of losing His blessings of economic prosperity and personal liberties. I would describe myself as a Constitutional conservative. I believe life begins at conception and I am pro-life from conception to natural death. I support traditional family values, including the traditional definition of marriage. I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and for their sake I am dedicated to the preservation of our state and nation by standing firm on the principles that have made our country great.

Survey

Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • ?Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Position based upon candidate record or extensive research

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should abortions be banned after fetal heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks gestation)? Y* Life begins at conception. Even most European nations now limit abortions after 15 weeks. I would support an exception in the case where the mother’s life is at risk.
2. Do you oppose all taxpayer funding of abortion? Y* I have previously co-authored and voted for legislation that would ban taxpayer funding of abortion.
3. Do you oppose physician assisted suicide, also referred to as aid in dying? Y
4. Do you oppose public school policies that promote transgender ideology, such as comprehensive sex education? Y* I have authored and co-authored bills to oppose this educational indoctrination in our schools. I have sponsored several bills addressing this issue, one in particular was a bathroom privacy bill.
5. Do you support legislation that preserves girls’ and women’s athletics for biological females? Y* I was the chief author of HF4282 in 2022, which was a bill that would require school sponsored sports teams to be designated by biological sex as stated on their birth certificate.
6. Do you support school choice legislation, such as tuition tax credits, that would enable parents to choose the school that best suits their child’s needs? Y* Last session I authored HF1705, a school choice bill where the money follows the child and parents can enroll their child in the school of their choice.
7. Should people have their religious freedom protected if they refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding? Y* I believe it is unconstitutional to force anyone to violate their religious beliefs by forcing them to participate in same-sex weddings.
8. Do you oppose efforts to ban voluntary biblical counseling in the areas of gender and sexuality? Y
9. Do you support a parent’s fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children, including their education and health care? Y