Kim Norton

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Kim Norton
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Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 25B district
29B (2007–2013)
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by Fran Bradley
Succeeded by Duane Sauke
Personal details
Born (1957-09-22) September 22, 1957 (age 59)
Miami Beach (military base), Florida
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Children 4
Alma mater University of Nebraska
Occupation Nonprofit district manager

Kim Norton (born September 22, 1957) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represented District 25B, which was composed entirely of the northern portion of the city of Rochester in Olmsted County; located in the southeastern part of the state.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Norton earned a B.S. in Human Development and Special Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education, at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She also attended graduate school there, studying Deaf Education, Behavioral Impairments and Curriculum.[1]

Norton served on several committees in the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning from 1998–2003 and, upon returning to Rochester, served on the Rochester School Board (as clerk in 2001, chair in 2005, and treasurer in 2006) prior to being elected to the House.

Political career[edit]

Norton first ran against incumbent Rep. Fran Bradley in 2004, an election she lost by 311 votes. She ran again in 2006, defeating Republican challenger Rich Decker by just 99 votes. In 2008, she easily won re-election against Republican challenger Jason Johnson.[2] In 2010, she was re-elected over Republican challenger Mike Rolih.[3]

Norton stated in September 2015 that she would not seek re-election in the 2016 election[4] saying "I've made the decision, after a couple of years of consideration, that it's time for me to retire, so I am not going to run for re-election in 2016. It makes me a little sad, I will say, but at the same time it feels like the right thing to do and the right time to do it."[5]

Election history[edit]

2014 Minnesota State Representative- House 29B[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Kim Norton (Incumbent) 9844 94.91
N/A Write-In 528 5.09
2012 Minnesota State Representative- House 29B[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Kim Norton (Incumbent) 11869 57.53
Republican Melissa Valeriano 8725 42.29 -
2010 Minnesota State Representative- House 29B[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Kim Norton (Incumbent) 7820 53.34
Republican Mike Rolih 6829 46.58 -
2008 Minnesota State Representative- House 29B[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Kim Norton 12142 61.50 +11.27
Republican Jason Johnson 7553 38.26 -
2006 Minnesota State Representative- House 29B[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Kim Norton 7761 50.23 +1.10
Republican Rich Decker 7662 49.59 -
2004 Minnesota State Representative- House 29B[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Kim Norton 9353 49.13 -
Republican Fran Bradley 9664 50.77 -16.87

Personal life[edit]

Norton has four children: Chris, Cody, Katie, and Kelsey.[1]

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