Rick Olseen

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Rick Olseen
Candidate for
Minnesota House of Representatives District 32B
Prior offices
Minnesota State Senate District 17
2007 - 2011
ProfessionTruck/Trailer Repair Estimator
(timed out) Campaign website
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Rick Olseen (b. August 6, 1956) was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member of the Minnesota State Senate. He was first elected to this position in November of 2006, with his term expiring in 2010. Before being a Senator, Olseen was a member of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the North Branch School Board from 1991 to 2001. He was defeated in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Olseen graduated from 916 Vocational-Tech Academy and is Truck and Trailer Repair Estimator.

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the senate, Olseen was a member of these committees:



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Olseen ran for election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 32B. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and was defeated by Bob Barrett (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 32B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Barrett Incumbent 50.9% 10,644
     Democratic Rick Olseen 49.1% 10,251
Total Votes 20,895


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Olseen lost re-election to the 17th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Sean Nienow running for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]


On November 7, 2006, Olseen won election to the 17th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating opponents Sean Nienow (R) and Bill Neuman (I).[5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 17 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Olseen (DFL) 17,355 47.45%
Sean Nienow (R) 16,919 46.26%
Bill Neuman (I) 2,278 6.23%
Write-In 21 0.06%

Campaign donors

In 2006, Olseen collected $47,336 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $11,887
Rick Olseen $9,900
Chisago County DFL $1,675
Isanti County DFL $1,375
Patricia Sundberg House District 17A Cmte $1,000

District 17

Olseen represented Minnesota Senate District 17. District 17 includes the Northern outlying Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area[7].


Rick is married to Bambi Olseen. They have two children and reside in Harris, Minnesota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
Sean Nienow (R)