|Member of the Minnesota Senate|
from the 54th district
Assumed office |
February 20, 2018
|Preceded by||Dan Schoen|
|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
from the 57A district
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Katie Sieben|
|Succeeded by||John Kriesel|
March 9, 1979|
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
|Political party||Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party|
|Residence||Cottage Grove, Minnesota|
Winona State University|
University of Minnesota
|Occupation||paralegal, union organizer|
Karla Bigham (born March 9, 1979) is an American politician and member of the Minnesota Senate, representing District 54. She is also a former Washington County commissioner and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL).
Early life, education, and career
Bigham graduated from Park High School in Cottage Grove in 1997. She then went on to Winona State University in Winona, earning a B.S. in paralegal with a sociology and political science minor. She has worked as a union organizer and as a paralegal in the Property Crimes Division of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in Minneapolis. She was a member of the Cottage Grove City Council from 2005 to 2007 and also served as chair of the Cottage Grove Public Safety, Health and Welfare Commission. She is a former paralegal and public affairs coordinator for Northern Tier Energy.
Minnesota House of Representatives
Bigham was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006, where she represented District 57A, which included portions of Dakota and Washington counties in the southeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area. She was re-elected in 2008. Bigham did not seek re-election to a third term in 2010.
During her tenure, Bigham served as vice chair of the House Public Safety Policy and Oversight Committee. She also served on the House Environment Policy and Oversight Committee and the Finance subcommittees for the Public Safety Finance Division and the State Government Finance Division.
Campaign for Minnesota Senate
After Dan Schoen resigned from the Minnesota Senate following allegations of sexual harassment, Bigham announced her intention to run in the special election for the seat. She faced former Republican State Representative Denny McNamara and Libertarian candidate Emily Mellingen. Bigham won the special election.
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