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Banaian, King

House 2011-2012 (District 15B)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Benton, Sherburne, Stearns


Date of Birth: 8/29/1958 (uncertain)
Birth Place: Manchester, New Hampshire
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Cloud
Occupation (when first elected): Economist; Economics Professor, St. Cloud State University


Memorial High School, New Hampshire; Secondary;
St. Anselm College, New Hampshire; Bachelors Degree; Economics, 1979
Claremont Graduate School; M.A.; Economics
Claremont Graduate School; Ph.D.; Economics



Spouse: Barbara
Children: Two children: (at least one daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He was of Armenian ancestry.

He moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1984.

He was a fellow with the Armenian International Research Group in Washington D.C. and Yerevan, Armenia.

Total Days Served: 735


87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 15B
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Saint Cloud
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Benton, Sherburne, Stearns
Occupation: Economist; Economics Professor, St. Cloud State University
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Higher Education Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
  • State Government Finance Minutes
Session Notes: His margin of victory over Carol Lewis was only 10 votes so an automatic recount occurred. After the recount he was declared the winner by 13 votes.
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2011 House Interview

Articles & Books By
Banaian, King and Dr. Bryan Roberts. The Design and Use of Political Economy Indicators: Challenges of Definition, Aggregation, and Application. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Banaian, King. The Ukrainian Economy Since Independence. Edward Elgar Publishing, 1999

Articles & Books About
Ostberg, Patty. "Professor Turned Legislator." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, January 21, 2011, p. 14.

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.