Kraig Paulsen

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Kraig Paulsen
Kraig Paulsen - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 67th district
35th (2003 – 2013)
Incumbent
Assumed office
2002
Preceded by Pam Jochum
Personal details
Born (1964-09-09) September 9, 1964 (age 49)
Monticello, Iowa
Political party Republican
Children 4
Residence Hiawatha, Iowa
Alma mater Iowa State University, University of Iowa
Occupation Attorney
Website Paulsen's website

Kraig Paulsen (born September 9, 1964) is the Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, and State Representative from the 35th District. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2002, and as Speaker since 2011.

He received his BBA from Iowa State University, his MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law.

As of January 2013, Paulsen is the Vice Chairman of the Legislative Council and also serves on the Administration and Rules committee.

Biography[edit]

Speaker Kraig Paulsen was first elected to the Iowa House in 2002 and serves House District 67, which includes: Hiawatha, Robins and portions of both Marion and Cedar Rapids.

Kraig was born on September 9, 1964 in Monticello, Iowa. His father, Dr. Kenneth Paulsen, is a veterinarian. His mother, Marilyn Felker, is a retired hospital transcription manager. Kraig has one brother and two sisters, all who live in Linn County.

Paulsen attended school in the Cedar Rapids School District where he graduated in 1983 from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School. He went on to attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he graduated in 1987. Kraig received his MBA in 1994 from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Minot, North Dakota. He also received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 2003.

Kraig married his high school sweetheart, Cathy, in 1985 in Cedar Rapids. They have four children, a daughter and three sons. The Paulsen family is members of the New Covenant Bible Church in Cedar Rapids.

Paulsen served his country in the United States Air Force where he served as an Operations Group Senior Weapons Instructor, Maintenance Flight Commander and Squadron Director of Operations.

Kraig was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the USAF Commendation Medal, and the USAF Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was twice recognized as the Best Operations Crew in the USAF in his assigned weapon system, USAF Space Command Maintenance Junior Officer Manager of the Year, and the Missile Wing Instructor of the Year.

Kraig is currently an attorney for CRST International, Inc. in Cedar Rapids. Paulsen has also previously served as the House Judiciary Chair, the House Minority Whip, and the House Republican Leader.

Electoral history[edit]

*incumbent

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2002 [1]
District 35
Turnout: 1,954
Republican (newly redistricted) Kraig Paulsen Republican 1,249 63.92%
Cindy Golding Republican 704 36.03%
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 [2]
District 35
Turnout: 11,765
Republican (newly redistricted) Kraig Paulsen Republican 6,229 52.95%
Joe Rasmussen Democratic 5,528 46.99%
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [3]
District 35
Turnout: 17,299
Republican hold Kraig Paulsen* Republican 8,928 51.61%
Roger Grobstich Democratic 8,360 48.33%
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [4]
District 35
Turnout: 13,174
Republican hold Kraig Paulsen* Republican 7,083 53.76%
Jan Kvach Democratic 6,085 46.19%
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [5]
District 35
Turnout: 19,546
Republican hold Kraig Paulsen* Republican 10,623 54.35%
Mike Robinson Democratic 7,565 38.70%
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 [6]
District 35
Republican hold Kraig Paulsen* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [7]
District 67
Turnout: 17,745
Republican (newly redistricted) Kraig Paulsen* Republican 8,898 50.14%
Mark Seidl Democratic 7,947 44.78%

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pam Jochum
35th District
2003 – 2013
Succeeded by
Ako Abdul-Samad
Preceded by
Kevin McCarthy
67th District
2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent