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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$96/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
Karin Housley is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 39. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

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:[1]

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"

Health Care

  • 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."

Election history


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.[2][3]

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.[4]

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


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]


Housley received a score of 85% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 19th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[6]

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