King Banaian

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King Banaian
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 15B
Former Member
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Master'sClaremont Graduate School
Ph.D.Claremont Graduate School
ProfessionEconomics Professor
Office website
Campaign website
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King Banaian is a former Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 15B from 2011 to 2013. He was elected to a first term in the state house on November 2, 2010 by a margin of less than 15 votes.

Banaian is an economist and the chairman of the Economics Department at St. Cloud State University. As an economist, he advised the governments of Mongolia and the Ukraine on economic policy. He has also been a part-time radio talk show host.[1]

An article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in January 2011 noted that Banaian, "in what might have been considered effrontery in bygone Legislatures," went to legislative leadership and suggested that he be the chief sponsor of a budget bill that will force state agencies to rebuild their budgets from zero. "I [told leadership] I want this bill because this is what I was sent to do."[2]


Campaign themes

Banaian's website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Excerpt:"We have a spending problem in this state. The key issue in our campaign is not how to solve a budget deficit but should be posed as how big should our government be?"
  • Excerpt:"We need to reinvigorate the private sector to create jobs."
  • Excerpt:"My goals are to expand some of those choices for children from lower-income families, and to improve the accountability of our school system."
  • Excerpt:"We need to better coordinate the existing loan programs available to students to help them afford their educations. We also need more flexibility for public universities to explore sources of revenue beyond tuition and state support."
  • Excerpt:"Seniors are a vital issue as our baby-boom generation ages and the number of workers supporting our pension system declines relative to the number of seniors. However, we need plans that do not overly burden our younger generations; reducing the amount of state debt future generations must repay for us should be a priority."

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Banaian ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 14B. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and was defeated by Zach Dorholt (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 14B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngZach Dorholt 56.4% 10,017
     Republican King Banaian Incumbent 43.6% 7,749
Total Votes 17,766


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Banaian won election to the District 15B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Carol Lewis (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 15B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Carol Lewis (DFL) 5,467 49.83%
Green check mark transparent.png King Banaian (R) 5,477 49.92%
Write-In 27 0.25%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Banaian raised $35,205 in contributions.[7]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $3,665
15Th Senate District RPM $1,150


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."[8]


Banaian received a score of 71% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 39th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[9]


Banaian received a score of 69% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 71st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [10]

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Banaian and his wife Barbara have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Haws (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 15B
Succeeded by
Jim Newberger (R)