Kevin Dahle

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Kevin Dahle
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 20th district
25th (2008–2011)
In office
January 8, 2013 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by redrawn district
Succeeded by Rich Draheim
In office
January 22, 2008 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Tom Neuville
Succeeded by Al DeKruif
Personal details
Born (1960-01-24) January 24, 1960 (age 57)
Forest City, Iowa
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Beth
Children 3
Alma mater University of Northern Iowa
St. Mary's University
Occupation educator

Kevin L. Dahle (born January 24, 1960) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represented District 20, which included portions of Le Sueur, Rice, and Scott counties in the south central part of the state.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Dahle attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, graduating in 1982, and later attended St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, receiving his M.A. in education in 2004.[1]

Dahle was a member of the Council of Local Presidents of Education Minnesota, a trade union representing local teachers in Minnesota, and was also president of the Northfield Education Association for approximately ten years. He previously worked with Citizens for Quality Education, and also worked for the U.S. Department of Education as a liaison in the Ukraine, where he taught civic education. He is a social studies and driver's education teacher at Northfield High School in Northfield.[2][3]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

Dahle was first elected to the Senate in a special election held on January 3, 2008.[2] The seat became vacant when Senator Tom Neuville resigned in order to accept an appointment by then-Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as a district judge.[4] He was subsequently unseated by Republican Al DeKruif in the 2010 general election.[5] Dahle won a close race against Mike Dudley in 2012, and returned to the Senate representing District 20.[6]

Dahle was a member of the Senate's Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, the Education Committee, and the Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications Committee. He also served on the Finance Subcommittee for the E-12 Education Budget and Policy Division.[7] His special legislative concerns included E-12 education funding, health care, and transportation.[2]

Dahle lost re-election to Republican Rich Draheim.


  1. ^ "Mr. Dahle Goes to St. Paul | About Kevin Dahle". 1960-01-24. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b c "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Dahle, Kevin L". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Senator Kevin L. Dahle - Biography". 1960-01-24. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Neuville, Thomas M". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
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  6. ^ Fischenich, Mark (November 30, 2012). "District 20 recount complete; Dahle the winner". The Free Press. 
  7. ^ "Senator Kevin L. Dahle DFL District 25". 1960-01-24. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 

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