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Clark, Karen J.

House 1981-82 (District 59A); House 1983-92 (District 60A); House 1993-2012 (District 61A); House 2013-2018 (District 62A)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 7/23/1945
Birth Place: , Oklahoma
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Female
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Minneapolis
Occupation (when first elected): Nurse-Practitioner, Hennepin County Health Department

EDUCATION

Edgerton Public High School; Secondary; 1963
College of St. Teresa, Winona; B.S.; Nursing, Training as a Nurse Practitioner in OB/GYN
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; M.P.A.; Public Administration

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Council on the Economic Status of Women; 19?? to 19??
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans; 19?? to 19??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse/Partner: Single (when first elected); Jacquelyn Zita (around 1989)
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

She was the first openly gay person to run and be elected to the Minnesota Legislature, without previously having held a seat in it. She was the first openly lesbian member to serve in the Minnesota Legislature. She is also the longest serving openly lesbian member to serve in a state legislature in the United States. Allan Spear was the first openly gay member of the Minnesota Legislature.

She grew up on a sharecropping farm in Rock County, Minnesota.

Her mother was Mayor of a small town.

Religion provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council's State Directories 2005.

Total Days Served: 13881

SESSIONS SERVED

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62A
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/7/2019
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: College Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2017 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2017 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Environment & Natural Resources Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Minutes

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62A
Elected: 11/4/2014
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/6/2015 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: College Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2015 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2015 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Minutes
  • Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance Minutes

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 62A
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: College Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Housing Finance and Policy (Chair) Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: College Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/4/2008
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: College Instructor; Holistic Medicine, College of St. Catherine; and Women in Politics, University of Minnesota
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Finance Minutes
  • Finance: Capital Investment Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division Minutes
  • Finance: Housing Finance and Policy and Public Health Finance Division (Chair) Minutes

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: College Instructor; Adjunct Faculty, College of St. Catherine and the University of Minnesota
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2007 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2007 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Finance Minutes
  • Finance: Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division: Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division: Drinking Water Source Protection Minutes
  • Finance: Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division (Chair) Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/2/2004
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: College Instructor/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Commerce and Financial Institutions Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Opportunity Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Government
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development Minutes
  • Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development: Economic Development and Tourism Division Minutes
  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Development Finance Minutes

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Legislator/College Instructor
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Development Finance Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Development Finance Minutes
  • Jobs and Economic Development Policy Minutes

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Economic Development and International Trade
  • Economic Development and International Trade: Economic Development
  • Economic Development and International Trade: Economic Development Finance Division
  • Economic Development and International Trade: Housing and Housing Finance Division (Chair)
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance Minutes

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Economic Development, Infrastructure and Regulation Finance
  • Economic Development, Infrastructure and Regulation Finance: Transportation Finance Division
  • Housing (Chair)
  • Housing: Reclaiming and Recycling Vacant Housing

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 61A
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/2/1995
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Commerce and Economic Development
  • Commerce and Economic Development: Economic Equality
  • Commerce and Economic Development: International Trade, Technology and Economic Development Division
  • Ethics
  • Health and Human Services
  • Health and Human Services: Health and Housing Finance Division
  • Housing (Chair)
  • Housing: Manufactured Housing

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 60A
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Human Resources Division
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Development: International Trade and Technology Division
  • Economic Development: Quality Workforce and Competitiveness
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Housing (Chair)
  • Housing: Community Revitalization

76th Legislative Session (1989-1990)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 60A
Elected: 11/8/1988
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/1989 to 1/7/1991
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Health and Human Services Division
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Development: Community Stabilization and Development Division (Chair)
  • Financial Institutions and Housing
  • Financial Institutions and Housing: Housing Division

75th Legislative Session (1987-1988)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 60A
Elected: 11/4/1986
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/2/1989
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Legislator/Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioner
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Economic Development and Housing
  • Economic Development and Housing: Job Development and Training (Chair)
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Pensions
  • Health and Human Services
  • Health and Human Services: Social Services
  • Regulated Industries

74th Legislative Session (1985-1986)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 60A
Elected: 11/6/1984
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/8/1985 to 1/5/1987
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Nurse
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Governmental Operations
  • Health and Human Services
  • Health and Human Services: Health Care
  • Local and Urban Affairs
  • Local and Urban Affairs: Metropolitan Affairs

73rd Legislative Session (1983-1984)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 60A
Elected: 11/2/1982
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/7/1985
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Nurse
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Jobs Creation and Unemployment Issues (Chair)
  • Health and Welfare
  • Health and Welfare: Departmental Affairs
  • Local and Urban Affairs
  • Local and Urban Affairs: Physical and Economic Development

72nd Legislative Session (1981-1982)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 59A
Elected: 11/4/1980
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Nurse-Practitioner, Hennepin County Health Department
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Pensions and Investments
  • Health and Welfare
  • Health and Welfare: Departmental Affairs
  • Local and Urban Affairs
  • Local and Urban Affairs: Economic Development
  • Regulated Industries
  • Regulated Industries: Rates Under Bond-Interim Rates
Articles & Books About
"The Legislator. How 1st Termers See the Job." Interim, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, November/December 1980, p. 18.


District Files

District File - 2002 District 61A
District File - 2003 District 61A
District File - 2004 District 61A
District File - 2005 District 61A
District File - 2006 District 61A
District File - 2007 District 61A
District File - 2008 District 61A
District File - 2009 District 61A
These files are available in the Legislative Reference Library.

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.