Kristin Olsen

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Kristin Olsen
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California State Assembly District 12
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
City of Modesto Council
Bachelor'sWestmount College
ProfessionCommunications VP
Office website
Kristin Olsen is a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 12. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. She currently serves as Minority Whip. She was formerly a council member for the City of Modesto from 2005 to 2010.


Olsen earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Westmount College in 1996. Her professional experience includes working as a former press secretary/legislative aide for Senator Tim Leslie of the California State Senate and as an advocate for the California Restaurant Association. Olsen is currently the assistant vice president of communications and public affairs for California State University Stanislaus.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Accountability and Administrative Review
Agriculture, Vice-chair
Education, Vice-chair
Higher Education


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Olsen served on these committees:



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Kristin Olsen (R) and Harinder Grewal (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Olsen will face Grewal in the general election.[1][2]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Olsen won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 12. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She and Christopher Mateo (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristin Olsen Incumbent 60.6% 89,821
     Democratic Christopher Mateo 39.4% 58,517
Total Votes 148,338


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Olsen defeated Janice Keating, Teri Murrison, Bill Conrad, Kurt Vander Weide and Jesse James White in the June 8 primary. She then ran uncontested in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

California House of Representatives, District 25 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kristin Olsen (R) 13,398
Bill Conrad (R) 9,414
Janice Keating (R) 9,279
Kurt Vander Weide (R) 7,150
Teri Murrison (R) 4,226
Jesse James White (R) 2,228

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Olsen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Olsen raised a total of $1,006,927 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[7]

Kristin Olsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 12 Won $691,265
2010 California State Assembly, District 25 Won $315,662
Grand Total Raised $1,006,927


Olsen won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $691,265.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kristin Olsen's campaign in 2012
Farmers Insurance Group$9,800
Philip Morris$7,800
California New Car Dealers Association$7,800
Dairy Institute$7,800
E & J Gallo Winery$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$691,265
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Olsen raised $315,662 in contributions.[8]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Dental Association $10,300
Associated Feed $7,800
Millercoors $5,400
Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association $5,400


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[9]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[10]


Olsen and her husband, Rod, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fiona Ma (D)
California State Assembly District 12
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tom Berryhill (R)
California Assembly District 25
Succeeded by
Bob Wieckowski (D)