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Kiel, Debra "Deb"

House 2011-2012 (District 1B); House 2013-Present (District 1B)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/31/1957 (uncertain)
Birth Place: , Minnesota
Birth County: Polk
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Female
Religion: Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Deb
City of Residence (when first elected): Crookston
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer/Homemaker

EDUCATION

Crookston Public Schools; Elementary School;
Crookston High School; Secondary; Graduate
Concordia College, Moorhead; 2 Years

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

School Board/Administration: Crookston, Minnesota (Public School Board Treasurer and Chair; Initially Appointed, Then Elected; seven years); ? to 20?? [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Lonn (married around 1977)
Children: Four children: Christian (son), Katheryn, Stephanie, and Alexander
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
John T. Perry  - Great Grandfather

GENERAL NOTES

She was born and raised on a farm, south of Crookston, Minnesota.

She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Religion provided by her 2010 campaign website.

Total Days Served: 3207

SESSIONS SERVED

91st Legislative Session (2019-2020)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 01B
Elected: 11/8/2018
Residence: Crookston
Term of Office: 1/8/2019 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Pennington, Polk, Red Lake
Occupation: Farmer/homemaker
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Ethics Minutes
  • Health and Human Services Policy Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Agriculture and Food Finance & Policy Division Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Long-Term Care Division Minutes
  • Ways & Means: State Government Finance Division Minutes

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 01B
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Crookston
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/7/2019
Counties Represented: Pennington, Polk, Red Lake
Occupation: Farmer/Homemaker
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Health & Human Services Reform Minutes
  • Health & Human Services Reform: Subcommittee on Aging & Long-Term Care (Chair) Minutes
  • Rules & Legislative Administration Minutes
  • Rules & Legislative Administration: Subcommittee on Workplace Safety and Respect Minutes
  • Transportation Finance Minutes

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 01B
Elected: 11/4/2014
Residence: Crookston
Term of Office: 1/6/2015 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Pennington, Polk, Red Lake
Occupation: Farmer/Homemaker
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Aging & Long-Term Care Policy Minutes
  • Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Greater Minnesota Economic & Workforce Development Policy Minutes
  • Mining & Outdoor Recreation Policy Minutes
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 01B
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Crookston
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Pennington, Polk, Red Lake
Occupation: Farmer/Homemaker
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture Policy Minutes
  • Education Policy Minutes
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Minutes
  • Taxes: Property and Local Tax Division Minutes

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 01B
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Crookston
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake
Occupation: Farmer/Homemaker
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Minutes
  • Education Reform Minutes
  • Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance: Legacy Funding Division Minutes
  • Transportation Policy and Finance Minutes
Session Notes: Her margin of victory over Bernie Lieder was only 131 votes. Bernie Lieder declined to seek a recount.
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2014 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2011 House Interview


Articles & Books About
Hegarty, Sue. "The 'Beet' Goes On." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 4, 2011, p. 19.



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