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 byConstituency established
Personal details
Born (1964-01-20) January 20, 1964 (age 54)
South St. Paul, Minnesota,
Political partyRepublican
Phil Housley (m. 1985)
EducationAugsburg University
State University of New York, Buffalo (BA)

Karin Housley (born January 20, 1964) is an American politician, businessperson, and Republican member of the Minnesota Senate, where she represents the St. Croix River Valley.[1] Housley ran unsuccessfully as the Republican nominee in Minnesota's 2018 special election for United States Senate.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] After redistricting placed Housley's residence in a new district, she was elected to that seat in the 2012 election, defeating her opponent by one percent.[5] She was re-elected in 2016, defeating her opponent by more than 20 percent.[6]

As a state senator, Housley is best known for her work on issues related to aging and long-term care and veterans.[7] Housley was instrumental in the creation of a first-ever Minnesota Senate committee on aging, which she currently chairs.[8]

Poltical campaigns[edit]

In 2014, Housley was selected by Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour, a businessman from Orono, to be his candidate for lieutenant governor of Minnesota.[9] The pair was defeated in the 2014 Republican primary.[10]

In December 2017, Housley announced she would run in the 2018 special election for the United States Senate seat vacated by Al Franken, who resigned in 2017 after he was alleged to grope Leeann Tweeden by a comic photo during a comedy tour.[2] The seat was held by Tina Smith, the former lieutenant governor, who was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to fill the vacancy.[11]

Housley won the Republican primary, but lost the general election to incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Tina Smith.[12][13] Smith received 53% of the vote to Housley's 42%.[14]

Personal life[edit]

She married her high school sweetheart, Phil Housley, in 1985.[15] Phil, a longtime National Hockey League player and Hockey Hall of Fame member, is the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.[16][17] Karin and Phil have four grown children and two grandchildren, and reside in St. Marys Point.

Housley owns a real estate business in Stillwater.[18][19]

Electoral history[edit]

Minnesota Senate District 57 election, 2010[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Katie Sieben (incumbent) 15,812 50.94
Republican Karin Housley 15,206 48.98
Minnesota Senate District 39 election, 2012[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Karin Housley 23,385 50.62 +1.64
DFL Julie Bunn 22,754 49.25 -1.69
Minnesota gubernatorial primary election, 2014[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle 55,836 30.33
Republican Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson 44,046 23.92
Republican Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra 38,377 21.1
Republican Scott Honour/Karin Housley 38,377 20.84
Republican Merrill Anderson/Mark D. Anderson 7,000 3.8
Total votes 184,110 100
Minnesota Senate District 39 election, 2016[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Karin Housley (incumbent) 28,960 61.29 +10.67
DFL Sten Hakanson 18,237 38.60 -10.65


  1. ^ "The thoroughly modern marriage of Phil and Karin Housley". The Buffalo News. 2017-11-23. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  2. ^ a b "Washington County Republican Karin Housley wants Al Franken's Senate seat". St. Paul Pioneer Press. 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. ^ "About Karin". Karin Housley 24/7. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Lightbourn, Jane (November 3, 2010). "Sieben wins in very close race". Hastings Star Gazette. Hastings, Minnesota. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  5. ^ Goodrich, Kristine (November 14, 2012). "Election: Many leaders return, several ousted". White Bear Press. White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  6. ^ Lebens, Alicia (November 12, 2016). "Incumbents retain seats in state Legislature". Stillwater Gazette. Stillwater, Minnesota. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  7. ^ "Our View / Endorsement: Helping the elderly inspired Housley". Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  8. ^ Lebens, Alicia. "Housley campaigns for U.S. Senate". hometownsource.com. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  9. ^ Salisbury, Bill (2014-05-30). "Scott Honour picks first-term lawmaker Karin Housley as running mate". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Orrick, Dave (2017-12-19). "Republican Karin Housley Enters Race For Al Franken's Seat". WCCO-TV. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  12. ^ "Karin Housley Wins GOP Special Election Primary For Senate". 2018-08-14. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  13. ^ "Amy Klobuchar defeats Jim Newberger, Tina Smith defeats Karin Housley in U.S. Senate races". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  14. ^ "Minnesota Election Results". New York Times. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  15. ^ "The thoroughly modern marriage of Phil and Karin Housley". The Buffalo News. 2017-11-23. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Housley Homes Keller Williams". Karin Housley Homes.
  19. ^ "Karin Housley | Woodbury MN". Keller Williams Realty.
  20. ^ "Results for State Senator District 57". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "State Senator District: 39". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "2014 Primary Election Results". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  23. ^ "State Senator District 06". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved August 14, 2018.

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Preceded by
Mike McFadden
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Minnesota
(Class 2)

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