Carolyn Laine

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Carolyn Laine
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Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 41st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Barb Goodwin
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 41B district
50A (2007–2013)
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by Barb Goodwin
Succeeded by Mary Kunesh-Podein
Personal details
Born May 1946 (age 70)
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Children 5
Residence Columbia Heights, Minnesota
Alma mater Hibbing Junior College
University of Minnesota Duluth
St. Mary's University
Saybrook Graduate School
Occupation educator

Carolyn D. Laine (born May 1946) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 41 in the north-central Twin Cities metropolitan area. She previously represented District 41B in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Laine attended Hibbing Junior College in Hibbing, then went on to the University of Minnesota in Duluth, receiving her B.S. in Education and Psychology. She later earned her M.A. in Psychology from St. Mary's University, based in Winona. She has done doctoral graduate work in Health Psychology through Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, based in San Francisco, California.[1][2]

Laine has worked as a reserve teacher for the Minneapolis Public School System, and as a financial director for the Novalis Institute in Columbia Heights. She served on the Columbia Heights School Board for ten years, and was also a member of the Columbia Heights Charter Commission. She is a former leader of the Parent Communication Network, and a member of the Interfaith Alliance.[2][3]

Minnesota Legislature[edit]

Laine was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006, opting to run after three-term Rep. Barb Goodwin decided not to seek re-election,[4] and was re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014. She was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2016.


  1. ^ "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Laine, Carolyn". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Project Vote Smart - Representative Carolyn Laine - Biography". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Carolyn Laine for MN House of Representatives District 50A". November 7, 2006. Archived from the original on May 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Minnesota Politics: Rep. Barb Goodwin not running again". December 9, 2005. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 

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