Karen Karls

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Karen Karls
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 35
Incumbent
In office
2006-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMinot State University
Personal
ProfessionWedding Cake Decorator
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Karen Karls is a Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 35. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Karls earned a B.S. in Medical Technology from Minot State University. Her professional experience includes working as a wedding cake decorator.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Government and Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Karls served on the following committee:

Elections

2014

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Bob Martinson and incumbent Karen Karls were unopposed in the Republican primary, while Tracy Potter and Darrell Miller were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Martinson and Karls defeated Potter and Miller in the general election.[2][3][4]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 35, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Martinson Incumbent 31% 3,616
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Karls Incumbent 27.2% 3,166
     Republican Tracy Potter 24.8% 2,888
     Republican Darrell Miller 17% 1,978
Total Votes 11,648


2010

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Karls won re-election to one of two seats in District 34 of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Karls and fellow incumbent Bob Martinson (R) defeated Mike Frohlich (D) and Nicole Elkin (D) in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

North Dakota State House, District 35
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Martinson (R) 3,714
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Karls (R) 3,390
Mike Frohlich (D) 2,005
Nicole Elkin (D) 1,691

2006

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Karls won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 35 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[7]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 35
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Karls (R) 2,805
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Martinson (R) 3,253
Michael Frohlich (D-NPL) 2,745
Ryan Gustafson (D-NPL) 2,106

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Karls received $5,300 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

North Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Karls's campaign in 2010
North Dakota Association Of Realtors$1,050
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
Marathon Oil$600
North Dakota Petroleum Council$500
North Dakota Association Of Telecommunications Cooperatives$500
Total Raised in 2010 $5,300

2006

In 2006, Karls collected $1,900 in donations.[9]

These were the largest contributors in 2008.

Donor Amount
NORTH DAKOTA REPUBLICAN HOUSE CAUCUS $500
MDU RESOURCES GROUP $300
NORTH DAKOTA PETROLEUM COUNCIL $300
NORTH DAKOTA PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE AGENTS $300
MARATHON OIL $250
NORTH DAKOTA CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION $250

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Dakota

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[10] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[11] Karls received a score of 61.45% on policy legislation and voted against 3.62% of state spending. Karls was ranked 35th on policy and 52nd on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[12]

Personal

Karls and her husband, Ken, have four children. They currently reside in Bismarck, North Dakota.[1]

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