I'm running for U.S. Senate because I believe in our future. I believe in a thriving economy, healthy families, and a government accountable to you. With my experience as a state senator, businesswoman, and mom, I will be a new voice for Minnesota.
The daughter of two public school teachers, Karin was born and raised in South St. Paul. After graduating from South St. Paul High School in 1982, she went on to receive a degree in communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After college, Karin worked as a television news producer and eventually hosted her own radio show, authored an investment book, and started a successful real estate business.
Karin married her high school sweetheart, Phil Housley, in 1985. For 20 years, Phil's NHL Hall of Fame hockey career took the Housleys all over the United States and Canada – but Minnesota always remained their "forever home". It was during this time they experienced the diversity in their schools, communities, and health care systems that gives Karin a unique perspective on many of the challenges that face our nation.
In 2012, Karin was elected to serve the St. Croix River Valley in the Minnesota Senate. She serves as chairwoman of the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, vice chair of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, and serves on the Veterans and Military Affairs and the Jobs and Economic Growth committees.
Karin and Phil make their home along the St. Croix River in St. Marys Point. They are the parents of four grown children and grandparents of two adorable grandsons.
If we work together, we can share our campaign's message of working hard, playing fair, and doing the right thing across Minnesota.
Minnesotans work hard – and when they retire, they deserve the money they’ve paid into Social Security. That’s why we must work together on protecting Social Security, preserving its solvency for future generations. Social Security should not be privatized; instead, we need a bipartisan solution that protects benefits without increasing taxes or raising the age of retirement.
Obamacare has failed hardworking Minnesotans. A government takeover of health care has driven up costs, hurt small businesses, and reduced the quality of care. I believe in a patient-centered, market-driven health care system that provides individuals and families with affordable, accessible coverage and care.
Life is a gift, and it should be protected. As a mother and grandmother, I believe every effort should be made to protect and honor life.
A strong economy is the foundation for a strong Minnesota – but a growing national debt and increasingly wasteful spending threatens the prosperity of future generations. By balancing the budget, cutting taxes, rolling back burdensome regulation, and encouraging innovation, we can continue to grow an economy that provides an opportunity for all Minnesotans to thrive.
The rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is a fundamental guarantee of our Constitution. I believe we can protect the rights and freedoms of law-abiding gun owners while also addressing the growing issue of gun violence, but only if we work together. We must enforce existing gun laws, better address mental illness, and prevent violent criminals and known terrorists from gaining instant access to firearms.
It’s your money, not the government’s – and as a small business owner, I understand the crushing impact high taxes have on job creation. I believe a healthy economy begins when hardworking Minnesotans keep more of their earnings and businesses are free to spur economic growth.
I believe in free and fair trade, unhindered by practices that unfairly disadvantage one side of a trade relationship. In a global economy, American workers are positioned to succeed as long as we are playing by the same set of rules. To grow our economy, we should encourage free trade – but not at the expense of our national security or shipping jobs overseas.
A strong military is essential to keeping America free, safe, and prosperous. Maintaining a strong global military presence is vital to American interests, our allies, and peace around the world. In Washington, I will be a steadfast supporter for the brave men and women of our military. We need to ensure that we maintain a trained and ready force, support current operations, prepare for future missions, and ensure that military families receive the care they deserve.
America was founded by immigrants and immigrants continue to enrich our nation. But in order to continue this legacy, we must modernize and fix our broken immigration system. Securing our borders is the first step toward a workable immigration plan that attracts the best and brightest students and workers, ultimately improving our economy and preserving our global competitiveness. I support immigration policy that maximizes public safety, strengthens families, and expands economic opportunity.
Minnesota’s agricultural industry is the backbone of our economy, supporting over 430,000 jobs and responsible for $121 billion in economic activity each year. From the farmers harvesting the fields to the families gathered around their tables, a sound agricultural policy benefits all Americans.