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Kelash, Kenneth S. "Ken"


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Minneapolis, MN

Senate 2009-2012 (District 63)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 5/8/1952 (uncertain) Date of Death: 
Birth Place: Foley, Minnesota Birth County: Benton Birth Country: United States
Other Names: Ken
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  Minneapolis

Occupation (when first elected):  Retired Carpenter/Retired Union Officer, Business Agent

EDUCATION

De La Salle High School; Secondary;
Hennepin Technical Center; Vocational-Technical School; Carpentry Program, 1974
Metropolitan State University; B.A.; Advertising and Marketing, 1984
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; M.P.A.; Public Leadership, 2003, Bush Leadership Fellowship

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal GovernmentMinneapolis, Minnesota (Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Policy Board, Member, more than 10 years) ??/??/???? to ??/??/????
Municipal Board/CommissionMinneapolis, Minnesota (Workforce Investment Board) ??/??/1995 to ??/??/????
County Board/CommissionerHennepin County, Minnesota (Workforce Investment Board) ??/??/2006 to ??/??/2???

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Elaine
Children: Two children: Katrina and Martha (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: jobs, education, transportation.

He was raised in Richfield, Minnesota. He was one of nine children.

After the new redistricting maps placed his home in the same district as Scott Dibble, he decided to move and seek endorsement in the new Senate District 50. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party endorsement in Minnesota Senate District 50 in the 2012 primary election. He lost the endorsement to Melissa Halvorson Wiklund.

Legislative Session: 87th (2011-2012)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/2010 Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
District: 63 Residence: Minneapolis
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: None Listed
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Agriculture and Rural Economies
Environment and Natural Resources
Jobs and Economic Growth

Legislative Session: 86th (2009-2010) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/2008 Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011 (Special Election)
District: 63 Residence: Minneapolis
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Carpenter/Retired Union Officer, Business Agent
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Environment and Natural Resources
Finance Subcommittee: Economic Development and Housing Budget Division
Finance Subcommittee: Transportation Budget and Policy Division
Health, Housing and Family Security Subcommittee: Joint Health, Housing and Family Security with Finance: Economic Development and Housing Budget Division - Housing (also subcommittee to Finance-Economic Development and Housing Budget Division) (Chair)
Transportation

Articles & Books About
Boros, Karen. "Hennepin County Commissioner Election Interview: Ken Kelash." MinnPost, April 21, 2014.




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