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Ken Kelash

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Ken Kelash
Minnesota State Senate District 63
Former Member
In office
2009 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMetropolitan State University
Master'sHarvard, Kennedy School of Government
Date of birthMay 8, 1952
Place of birthRichfield, MN
ProfessionCarpenter/Business Agent/Union Officer (retired)
Office website
Ken Kelash (b. May 8, 1952) is a former Democratic Farm-Labor member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 63 from 2009 to 2013. He was first elected in a special election on November 4, 2008.

Kelash graduated from Metropolitan State with his Bachelor's degree in 1984 and graduated with his Master's in Public Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2003. Kelash is a former business agent and union steward.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kelash served on these committees:



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Kelash won re-election to the 63rd District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Craig Marston ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 63 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Kelash (DFL) 17305 62.96%
Craig Marston (R) 10139 36.89%
Write-In 40 0.15%


On November 4, 2008, Kelash won election to the 63rd District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Craig Marston (R).[2]

Minnesota State Senate, District 63 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Kelash (DFL) 25,113
Craig Marston (R) 12,097
Write-In 99

Campaign donors


In 2010, Kelash received $33,976 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ken Kelash's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$16,341
Minnesota Association Of Realtors$500
Minneapolis Federation Of Teachers Local 59$500
Carpenters Local 1644$500
North Central States Regional Council Of Carpenters & Joiners$500
Total Raised in 2010 $33,976

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District 63

Kelash represents Minnesota Senate District 63. District 63 includes the Minneapolis suburbs of Bloomington and Richfield[4].


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."[5]


Kelash received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 62nd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[6]


Kelash received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 61st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[7]


Ken is married to Elaine Kelash. They have two children and reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 63
Succeeded by
Patricia Torres Ray (DFL)