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Karin Housley

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Karin Housley
Karin Housley.jpg
Minnesota State Senate, District 39
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSouth St. Paul High School
Bachelor'sState University of New York
Place of birthSouth St. Paul, Minnesota
ProfessionFounder, investment club for women/radio host/Realtor
Office website
Campaign website
Karin Housley is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 39. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Housley was a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota in the 2014 elections.[1] She lost in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2012
State and Local Government


Campaign themes


Housley's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs & the Economy

  • Excerpt: "I want to help get this state back on track to being prosperous. Now, more than ever, we need to focus on growing our economy & improving our job climate. We need to keep our businesses here and we need to help to create more jobs. I will work diligently for job growth in our state by easing the taxes, high fees, & complicated state regulations."


  • Excerpt: "I will work with parents and educators to: Improve the quality of teaching, Address the student problems outside of the classroom, Hold schools accountable, Prepare ALL students for life after high school"


  • Excerpt: "The ever-increasing cost of health care and outrageous cost of prescription drugs must be addressed. Opening our health care system to competition, increasing consumer-based decision-making in the process and providing greater incentives for those who purchase long-term care insurance are a couple cost-friendly approaches with promise."



See also: Minnesota lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Housley was running for election as Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota. She lost the Republican nomination in the open primary election as the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour. Current incumbent Mark Dayton, a Democrat first elected governor in 2010, ran for a second term in 2014.[3]

The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle 30.3% 55,836
Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson 23.9% 44,046
Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra 21.1% 38,851
Scott Honour/Karin Housley 20.8% 38,377
Merrill Anderson/Mark Anderson 3.8% 7,000
Total Votes 184,110
Election Results via Minnesota Secretary of State.


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Housley ran in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 39. She defeated Eric Michael Langness in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Julie Bunn (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKarin Housley 50.7% 23,385
     Democratic Julie Bunn 49.3% 22,754
Total Votes 46,139
Minnesota State Senate, District 39 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKarin Housley 67.3% 1,941
Eric Michael Langness 32.7% 945
Total Votes 2,886


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Housley was a Republican candidate for District 57 of the Minnesota State Senate. She was defeated by Katie Sieben (DFL) in the general election.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Housley is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Housley raised a total of $60,784 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[6]

Karin Housley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota Senate, District 39 Won $60,784
Grand Total Raised $60,784


Housley won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Housley raised a total of $60,784.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karin Housley's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,795
Housley, Karin$2,155
39th Senate District Republican Party of Minnesota$1,500
52nd Senate District Republican Party of Minnesota$1,000
KH Hubbard$500
Total Raised in 2012$60,784
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


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."[7]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.


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."[8]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[9]
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."[10]
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."[11]


Housley received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 19th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[12]

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Preceded by
James Metzen (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 39
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