A new voice for Minnesota

With my experience as a State Senator, businesswoman and mom, I am ready to represent you to ensure a thriving economy, healthy families and a government accountable to you.

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Meet Karin

Karin was born and raised in South St. Paul and graduated from SSP High School in 1982. She received a B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Karin worked as a TV news producer after college, went on to host a radio show, wrote an investment book and eventually owned a successful real estate business.

Karin married her high school sweetheart, Phil Housley, in 1985. Karin and Phil have four children: three girls and a boy. Taylor, Reide, Wilson and Avery range in age from 31 to 20. They also have two grandchildren.

The Housleys spent 20 years moving and working all over the United States and Canada due to Phil's NHL Hall of Fame hockey career, but kept Minnesota as their "forever home" in the St. Croix River Valley. They have experienced many different school environments, communities, health care systems and facilities. In 2012, Karin was elected to the Minnesota State Senate. She now 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 Jobs and Economic Growth Committees.


Housley: Dayton-Smith administration failed Minnesotans

June 14, 2018

SAINT PAUL, MN – In response to a federal report detailing the failure of the Minnesota Department of Human Services to adequately oversee adult day facilities, Karin Housley, Minnesota state senator and Republican-endorsed candidate for United States Senate, issued the following statement: “When government doesn’t live up to its end of the bargain, it’s the […]

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Karin Housley comments on successful Trump-Kim Summit

June 12, 2018

SAINT PAUL MN — Karin Housley, Minnesota state senator and Republican-endorsed candidate for United States Senate, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un: “This is a historic moment that signals a breakthrough in the pursuit of security and prosperity abroad. President Trump has accomplished a […]

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Letter: Candidate hopes to keep American Dream alive

June 11, 2018

By Karin Housley, Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate I’m a mom to four great kids, a grandma to two precious boys, a wife to Phil, a small business owner, and a state senator for Chisago and Washington counties. I’m also the Republican-endorsed candidate for United States Senate this fall, running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held […]

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Social Security

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.

Health care

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.


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.

Second Amendment

The rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is a fundamental guarantee of our Constitution and it must be protected at all costs. I believe we can protect the freedoms of law-abiding gun owners while also addressing the growing issue of gun violence — but only if we work together. While there is not one simple or single answer, we must focus on enforcing existing gun laws, better addressing mental illnesses, and preventing individuals on the “No-Fly List” 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.


As the daughter of two public school teachers, I understand the value of a strong public education system. For too long, states and local school districts have been inundated by federal regulation and bureaucratic red tape that has done little to improve student performance. We must afford states and local school districts the freedom to best serve their students – and that includes equipping parents with the necessary tools to provide the best possible education for their children.

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