|Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 67th district
35th (2003 – 2013)
|Preceded by||Pam Jochum|
September 9, 1964 |
|Alma mater||Iowa State University, University of Iowa|
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.
As of January 2013, Paulsen is the Vice Chairman of the Legislative Council and also serves on the Administration and Rules committee.
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.
|Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2002 
|Republican (newly redistricted)||Kraig Paulsen||Republican||1,249||63.92%|
|Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 
|Republican (newly redistricted)||Kraig Paulsen||Republican||6,229||52.95%|
|Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 
|Republican hold||Kraig Paulsen*||Republican||8,928||51.61%|
|Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 
|Republican hold||Kraig Paulsen*||Republican||7,083||53.76%|
|Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 
|Republican hold||Kraig Paulsen*||Republican||10,623||54.35%|
|Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 
|Republican hold||Kraig Paulsen*||Republican||unopposed|
|Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 
|Republican (newly redistricted)||Kraig Paulsen*||Republican||8,898||50.14%|
- "Canvass Summary - 2002 Primary Election (6/4/2002)". Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-07-01. p. 16. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
- "Canvass Summary - Final - 2002 General Election (11/5/2002)". Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-12-02. p. 27. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
- "Canvass Summary - Final - 2004 General Election (11/2/2004)". Iowa Secretary of State. 2004-12-06. p. 20. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
- "Official Results Report - Statewide, 2006 General Election 11-07-2006". Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 33. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
- "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. p. 43. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
- "Official Results Report, General Election held November 2, 2010". Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-12-16. p. 34. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
- "2012 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 113. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
- Representative Kraig Paulsen official Iowa General Assembly site
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Iowa House Republicans
- Kraig Paulsen State Representative official constituency site
|Iowa House of Representatives|
2003 – 2013
2013 – present