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Karen Clark
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 62A
Incumbent
In office
1981 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 33
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1980
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Saint Teresa
Master'sHarvard University
Personal
BirthdayJuly 23, 1945
Place of birthFort Sill, Oklahoma
ProfessionInstructor, University of Minnesota
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Karen Clark (b. July 23, 1945) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 62A. She was first elected to the chamber in 1980.

Biography

Clark earned her B.S.N. from the College of Saint Teresa, and her M.P.A. from Harvard University. Her professional experience includes working as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, and Macalester College; Obstetrics/Gynecology Nurse Practitioner; and as a public health nurse.[1][2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Clark served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
Housing Finance and Policy, Chair
Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Clark served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Clark served on the following committees:

Issues

Same-sex marriage

On February 17, 2013, Senator Scott Dibble announced on a talk show that he would introduce a bill in the Minnesota State Senate to legalize same-sex marriage. Clark introduced a similar bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and Governor Mark Dayton stated his support for same-sex marriage. Clark, Dibble, and other same-sex marriage supporters defeated the proposed Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Amendment in the November 6, 2012 election.[3]

The legislation passed 75-59 in the House and 37-30 in the Senate; Dayton signed it into law on May 14, 2013.[4][5]

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Karen Clark was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Bruce Lundeen was unopposed in the Republican primary. Clark faces Lundeen in the general election.[6][7]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Clark won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 62A. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Kurtis Hanna (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 62A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Clark Incumbent 90% 12,672
     Republican Kurtis Hanna 10% 1,410
Total Votes 14,082

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Clark won re-election to the District 61A seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Nicholas Skrivanek (R) and Sadik Warfa (Independence Party of Minnesota) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[10]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 61A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Clark (DFL) 5,963 78.48%
Nicholas Skrivanek (R) 746 9.82%
Sadik Warfa 876 11.53%
Write-In 13 0.17%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Karen Clark won election to the District 61A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating S. Andrew Sheppard. [11]

Karen Clark raised $25,213 for her campaign.[12]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 61A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Clark (DFL) 11,005 88.84%
S. Andrew Sheppard (R) 1,325 10.70%
Write-In 57 0.46%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Clark is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Clark raised a total of $231,240 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[13]

Karen Clark's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 62A Won $25,554
2010 Minnesota State House, District 61A Won $25,399
2008 Minnesota State House, District 61A Won $25,213
2006 Minnesota State House, District 61A Won $23,867
2004 Minnesota State House, District 61A Won $30,417
2002 Minnesota State House, District 61A Won $25,027
2000 Minnesota State House, District 61A Won $26,863
1998 Minnesota State House, District 61A Won $26,055
1996 Minnesota State House, District 61A Won $22,845
Grand Total Raised $231,240

2012

Clark won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $25,554.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Clark's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$5,759
Committee of Thirteen Legislative Fund$500
Mah Mah Wi No Min$500
Prairie Island Indian Community$500
Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59$500
Total Raised in 2012$25,554
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Clark won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $25,399.

2008

Clark won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $25,213.

2006

Clark won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $23,867.

2004

Clark won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $30,417.

2002

Clark won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $25,027.

2000

Clark won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $26,863.

1998

Clark won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $26,055.

1996

Clark won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $22,845.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.

Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."[14]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

2013

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.

Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."[15]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[16]
Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."[17]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[18]

2013

Clark received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 126th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[19]

2012

Clark received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 81st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[20]

2011

Clark received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 108th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [21]

Personal

Clark has been a member of the Neighborhood Revitalization Policy Board, Southside Services For Mentally Retarded Board, Child Care Task Force, Governor’s Workforce Development Council, Jobs Political Caucus, Minneapolis Lead Advisory Network, and the Park House Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Day Activity Center Community Advisory Council.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Clark
  2. Karen Clark Election Committee, "About Karen." Retreived July 9, 2013
  3. CBS Minnesota, "Sen. Dibble Plans To Introduce Gay Marriage Bill This Week," February 18, 2013
  4. The Huffington Post, "Minnesota Legalizes Gay Marriage: Gov. Mark Dayton Signs Bill Into Law," May 14, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013
  5. The Huffington Post, "Minnesota Senate Passes Gay Marriage, Governor To Sign," May 13, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "State Canvassing Board Report," August 19, 2014
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed July 25, 2014
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
  9. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
  10. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
  11. Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
  12. Follow the Money's report on Clark's 2008 campaign contributions
  13. Follow the Money, "Clark, Karen." Retrieved July 18, 2013
  14. Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
  15. Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  16. Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
  17. Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
  18. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
  20. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  21. Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Davnie (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 62A
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 61A
1981–2013
Succeeded by
Frank Hornstein (DFL)