Karin was born and raised in South St. Paul and graduated from SSP high school in 1982. Went on to receive a BA in Communication from the State University of New York and married her high school sweetheart in 1985. Karin and her husband, Phil, have 4 children (ages 18 – 29), 1 grandson.

Karin is a small business owner, quickly building a very successful real estate business at Keller Williams Real Estate. Karin also hosts The Karin Housley Show, on AM 1220, a variety show, featuring local guests, real estate talk, stock market discussion, and happenings in and around the east metro.

meet the housley family

Husband – Phil Housley - NHL Hall of Fame inductee and current assistant coach of Nashville Predators

Children (4) – Taylor, Reide, Wilson, Avery

meet karin

Home: St Mary’s Point
Born: 01/20/1964
Family: Married, Spouse Phil, 4 children, 1 grandchild
Occupation: Small business owner
Education: BA, State University of NY
Elected: 2012
Term: 1st


Karin was elected in 2012 to the Minnesota State Senate. She serves on the Commerce Committee, Education Finance Committee and State and Local Government Committee.


  • 1982 – Graduated South St. Paul High School
  • 1987 – State University of New York at Buffalo – B.A. Communications
  • 1987 – 1990 – Television News Producer at NBC & ABC affiliates
  • 2001 - Authored Investment Book Chicks Laying Nest Eggs, published by Random House.
  • 2003 – Built a Real Estate Business (Karin Housley Homes) in both Minnesota & Wisconsin. Voted a Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine Super Agent 2009-2015
  • 2007 – 2015 The Karin Housley Show Hosted weekly radio show on AM 1220 KLBB.
  • President of Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors St. Croix Valley Chapter
  • Board Member of Canvas Health, Yellow Ribbon St. Croix Valley, and Community Thread