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Laine, Carolyn

House 2007-2012 (District 50A); House 2013-2016 (District 41B); Senate 2017-Present (District 41)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 5/22/1946
Birth Place: , Minnesota
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Female
Religion: Unitarian Universalist, Episcopalian
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Columbia Heights
Occupation (when first elected): Educator/Reserve Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools

EDUCATION

Hibbing Community College; Junior College/Community College;
University of Minnesota, Duluth; B.S.; Education, Psychology
St. Mary's University; M.A.; Psychology
Saybrook Graduate School, California; Doctoral Work; Health Psychology

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal Board/Commission: Columbia Heights, Minnesota (City Charter Commission); [Dates Unknown]
School Board/Administration: Columbia Heights, Minnesota (Board of Education); 1992 to 2002 [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse:
Children: Five children: Jennifer, Teresa, Sarah, and Anniki (daughters); Jesse (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special legislative concerns: health care, education, environment, elections.

She was raised in Hibbing, Minnesota.

Religion (Episcopalian) provided by her 2006 campaign website. Religion (Unitarian Universalist) provided by her 2016 campaign website.

Most recent term photo
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Map of Columbia Heights
Columbia Heights, MN
Total Days Served: 4367

SESSIONS SERVED

91st Legislative Session (2019-2020)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 41
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Columbia Heights
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 41
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Columbia Heights
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment
  • Local Government
  • State Government Finance and Policy and Elections
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 41B
Elected: 11/4/2014
Residence: Columbia Heights
Term of Office: 1/6/2015 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2015 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Government Operations & Elections Policy Minutes
  • Health and Human Services Finance Minutes
  • State Government Finance Minutes

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 41B
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Columbia Heights
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy Minutes
  • Elections Minutes
  • Health and Human Services Finance Minutes
  • Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries Minutes

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 50A
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Columbia Heights
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Anoka, Ramsey
Occupation: Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2011 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Health and Human Services Finance Minutes
  • Judiciary Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 50A
Elected: 11/4/2008
Residence: Columbia Heights
Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Anoka, Ramsey
Occupation: Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2010 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Finance Subcommittee: Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division Minutes
  • Finance Subcommittee: Housing Finance and Policy and Public Health Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance Subcommittee: Public Safety Finance Division Minutes
  • Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Minutes

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 50A
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Columbia Heights
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
Counties Represented: Anoka, Ramsey
Occupation: Educator/Reserve Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Commerce and Labor Subcommittee: Labor and Consumer Protection Division Minutes
  • E-12 Education Minutes
  • Finance Subcommittee: Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division: Early Childhood Learning Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance Subcommittee: Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance Subcommittee: Minnesota Heritage Finance Division Minutes
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2008 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2007 House Interview


Articles & Books About
Green, Craig. "Schools Advocate: Laine Seeks to Address Education, Property Taxes in One Year." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 2, 2007, p. 18.



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