King Banaian

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King Banaian
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 15B district
In office
January 4, 2011 – January 7, 2013
Preceded by Larry Haws
Succeeded by district redrawn
Personal details
Born 1957
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Barbara
Children 2
Residence St. Cloud, Minnesota
Alma mater St. Anselm College
Claremont Graduate University
Profession economist, professor, legislator

King Banaian (born 1957) is a Minnesota politician and was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented District 15B, which includes portions of Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties in the north central part of the state. A Republican, he is also an economist and an economics professor at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud.[1][2]

Banaian was first elected to the House in 2010, winning by just 13 votes after a recount.[3] He served on the Capital Investment, the Higher Education Policy and Finance, the Rules and Legislative Administration, and the State Government Finance committees.[4] In the 2012 election, Banaian was defeated by Democrat Zach Dorholt.

Named after his grandmother, Lena King Cloutman, Banaian attended Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, receiving his M.A. and his Ph.D. in economics. He was a community board member of the United Way of Central Minnesota.[1][2]


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