The early years
Karin was born to two public school teachers in South St. Paul. She graduated from South St. Paul High School in 1982 and, after briefly attending Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Karin moved east to be with her high school sweetheart, Phil Housley, who had just been drafted by the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. She enrolled at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and graduated with a B.A. in communications in 1987. After graduating, Karin began her career as a television news producer at the ABC and NBC affiliates in Buffalo until 1991.
Over the course of the next decade, Phil’s NHL Hall of Fame hockey career took the Housleys all over the United States and Canada, living in Winnipeg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Toronto, and Phoenix. Minnesota always remained their “forever home”, however, and the Housleys eventually moved back and settled along the St. Croix River in St. Marys Point. Karin and Phil have four grown children and two adorable grandsons.
In 2012, Karin was elected to serve Forest Lake, Stillwater, and the St. Croix Valley in the Minnesota Senate, where she has become known for her passionate advocacy for seniors, veterans, and families. She was re-elected in 2016 and was selected by her colleagues to serve as an assistant majority leader. Karin serves as chairwoman of the Senate Family Care and Aging 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.
Giving back to her communities is something that has been important to Karin since she was a little girl. Karin has been a board member of Let’s Go Fishing With Seniors St. Croix Valley since its inception in 2010 and also serves as a board member of Yellow Ribbon of Washington County and the Lower St. Croix Valley Yellow Ribbon Network. Karin has also served as the honorary chair of the Canvas Health Annual Fundraiser for individuals with mental health and chemical dependency issues, as president of the local Board of Community Thread chapter, and as a board member of the Lower St. Croix Valley Foundation, the Special Olympics Red Carpet Committee, the Washington County Historic Courthouse Advisory Council, the Washington County Agricultural Society, and the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. The Housleys are members of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton.
Karin is the author of Chicks Laying Nest Eggs: How 10 Skirts Beat the Pants Off Wall Street…And How You Can Too!, a finance book aimed at teaching women how to invest in the stock market. After the book was published by Random House in 2001, Karin led a media tour across the country to promote it, including appearances on The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Fox News, CNBC, and other local news.
Finally, in addition to serving the communities she loves in the Minnesota Senate, Karin is a licensed realtor. Along with her daughter, she owns Housley Homes at Keller Williams in Stillwater. Karin was voted “Super Agent” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine for 12 consecutive years, from 2005 until 2017.