Karin Housley

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Karin Housley
Karin Housley 2018.jpg
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 39th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded by Constituency established
Personal details
Born (1964-01-20) January 20, 1964 (age 54)
South St. Paul, Minnesota,
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Phil Housley (m. 1985)
Children Taylor Housley Pass, Wilson Housley, Avery Housley, Reide Housley
Education Augsburg University
State University of New York, Buffalo (BA)

Karin Housley (born January 20, 1964) is a Minnesota politician and a Republican member of the Minnesota Senate. She represents District 39, which includes communities along the St. Croix River Valley in the eastern Twin Cities metropolitan area. In December 2017, Housley announced she would run for the United States Senate seat vacated by Al Franken.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Housley was born and raised in South St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated from South St. Paul High School in 1982. She attended Augsburg College and later transferred to the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she graduated in 1988 with a B.A. in communication studies.[2]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

In 2010, her first run for public office, Housley was narrowly defeated by DFL incumbent Katie Sieben for election to the Minnesota Senate.[3] After redistricting placed Housley's residence in a new district, she was narrowly elected to that seat in 2012.[4] She was re-elected in 2016.[5] Housley currently serves as chairwoman of the Senate Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Committee.[6]

Candidacy for lieutenant governor[edit]

In 2014, Housley was selected by Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour to be his candidate for lieutenant governor of Minnesota.[7] The pair was defeated in the 2014 Republican primary.[8]

Candidacy for United States Senate[edit]

In December 2017, Housley announced she would run in the 2018 special election for the United States Senate seat held by Tina Smith.[1] Smith, then the lieutenant governor, was appointed to the seat by Governor Mark Dayton to fill the vacancy left after Al Franken's resignation.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Phil Housley, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and current head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.[10][11] They have four grown children and two grandchildren, and reside in St. Marys Point. Housley owns a real estate business in Stillwater.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "Washington County Republican Karin Housley wants Al Franken's Senate seat". St. Paul Pioneer Press. 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2018-02-05. 
  2. ^ "About Karin". Karin Housley 24/7. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lightbourn, Jane (November 3, 2010). "Sieben wins in very close race". Hastings Star Gazette. Hastings, Minnesota. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  4. ^ Goodrich, Kristine (November 14, 2012). "Election: Many leaders return, several ousted". White Bear Press. White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  5. ^ Lebens, Alicia (November 12, 2016). "Incumbents retain seats in state Legislature". Stillwater Gazette. Stillwater, Minnesota. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Karin Housley - Minnesota Senate Republicans". Minnesota Senate Republicans. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  7. ^ Salisbury, Bill (2014-05-30). "Scott Honour picks first-term lawmaker Karin Housley as running mate". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  8. ^ Stassen-Berger, Rachel E.; Howatt, Glenn (September 5, 2014). "Success around state propelled Jeff Johnson to GOP primary win". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  9. ^ Orrick, Dave (2017-12-19). "Republican Karin Housley Enters Race For Al Franken's Seat". WCCO-TV. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  10. ^ Tim, O'Shei (June 16, 2017). "Meet the Housleys: One wants a Cup, the other a governorship". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ Russo, Michael (June 2, 2017). "Minnesotans Phil and Karin Housley make sports and politics mix". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on June 4, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Housley Homes Keller Williams". Karin Housley Homes. 
  13. ^ "Karin Housley | Woodbury MN". Keller Williams Realty. 

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