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Representative Karen Clark (DFL) District: 62A

Representative Karen Clark

* 477 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-0294

E-mail: rep.karen.clark@house.mn
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Legislative Assistant: Martha Ockenfels-Martinez 651-296-5998

Committee Assignments

Chair: Housing Finance and Policy
Capital Investment
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy
Ways and Means

Biographical Information

Home: Minneapolis 2633 - 18th Ave. S., 55407;
Occupation: College instructor
Education: B.S., nursing, College of St. Teresa; M.P.A., Harvard University
Born: 7/23/45
Elected: 1980
Term: 17th
Family: Partner Jacquelyn

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Home and Family Raised on a farm in southwestern Minnesota South Minneapolis resident since 1967, Phillips Neighborhood Partner, Jacquelyn

Education Edgerton Public High School, Edgerton, Minnesota B.S. Degree in Nursing. College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN Masters in Public Administration. JFK School of Government, Harvard University, 1996

Background Worked as public health nurse, VISTA nurse-organizer and OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner. Adjunct Faculty at: Department of Human Relations, St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota’s Women’s Studies Department, Macalester College Women’s Studies Department, College of St. Catherine Graduate School of Holistic Health AFSCME Member Active in numerous South Minneapolis neighborhood, housing, health, human-rights, labor, women's, peace, and child-care organizations Elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1980 on platform of economic and social justice, neighborhood priorities Re-elected in 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992 1994,1996,1998, 2000, 2002,2004

Appointments Jobs and Economic Opportunity Committee; Commerce Committee, Ways and Means Committee – MN House of Representatives Legislative Commission on Economic Status of Women; 1981 - 2005 Forum on State & Tribal Toxics of the National Council of State Legislators, Advisory to Federal EPA - Environmental Justice Working Group, Childhood Lead Poisoning Working Group (1994 - 2000). Co-Chair of the Corporate Subsidy Reform Commission (2000). Governor’s Workforce Development Council National Conference of State Legislators WILL/WAND

Current Community Service Phillips Community Energy Cooperative Advisory Board; SouthSide Services for the Mentally Retarded Advisory Board; Women’s Human Rights Program Advisory Committee, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. Minneapolis American Indian Center Board BackYard Organic Apple Orchard Project, Organizer Bolder Options Youth Mentorship Advisory Board; Minneapolis Lead Advisory Network Environmental Justice Advocates of MN – Board Member Women's Environmental Institute, Executive Director

Awards Recipient of numerous economic and social justice awards including: Minneapolis Commission on Human Right's first Martin Luther King Award; Minnesota Nurses Association's first Public Officials Award; Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action's first annual Progressive Leadership Award; Jobs Now's Advocacy and Activism Award; National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Leadership Award for anti-violence legislation; Dare-to-Care Award, Minneapolis Guardian Angels; Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association's Legislative Appreciation Award & Distinguished Services Awards; Minnesota Asian Advocacy Coalition's Outstanding Service Award; WCCO's "Good Neighbor" Award; Minnesota Foundation for Better Hearing & Speech Public Service Award; MN Nursing Home Residents' Advisory Council's Appreciation Award for passage of Residents' Bill of Rights; Minnesota Human Rights Award of the League of Human Rights Commissioners; Jobs Now Economic Justice Award; Public Citizen of the Year, from the National Association of Social Workers (MN); Minnesota NOW's Long Distance Runner Award; Minnesota YouthBuild's Legislative Appreciation Award; American Indian Business Development Corporation's Appreciation Award; Food First Coalition's Service Award; Minnesota State Council for the Handicapped Recognition Award; Minnesota Right to Housing Coalition's Legislative Appreciation Award; Coalition for the Homeless Legislative Awards; International Network of Gay & Lesbian Officials' Founding Member Service Award; "It's Time Minnesota" Human Rights Award; Policy Alternative Leader (PAL) -- Center for Policy Alternatives; Bush Fellowship to John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Central City Partnership Restorative Justice Program Award MN ACORN’s “Friend of the People Award” Juvenile Prostitution Prevention Appreciation Award Summit Academy OIC Appreciation Award Minnesota Youth Build Coalition 2001 Appreciation Award 2001 Hanson-Henningson Award for AIDS Advocacy Minnesota Association of Professional Employees Better Government Service Award Outfront MN 2002 Legislative Session Honoree Stonewall DFL Caucus Advocacy and Leadership Award Minnesota Workforce Council Associates, Friend of Workforce Development Award Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship Award – Center for Policy Alternatives 2003 Feminist of the Year Award – MN Women’s Political Caucus Metropolitan Center for Independent Living’s Community Service Award 2003 Friends of Youth Leadership Award – The Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association Little Earth Service Award – 30th Anniversary 1973-2003 Bishop Gumbleton Peace and Justice Award 2004 from the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities Fellow, Salzburg Seminar on Strengthening Democracy and Governance: Women and Political Power Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives Foreign Policy Institute for State Legislatures 2005 Legislative Children's Champion Award – Children's Defense Fund Minnesota Action Council Certificate of Leadership – Latino Youth of MN 2005 Paul Wellstone Advocacy Award – The Minnesota Psychiatric Society Outstanding Visionary – College of St. Catherine Founding Member, Minnesota Mental Health Legislative Caucus – National Alliance on Mental Illness

Major Legislative Achievement (Authored and Passed): Non-profit Housing Bonding Cumulative Health Impact Analysis for pollution prevention Certificate of Need for urban high-voltage transmission lines Neighborhood-based alternative and renewable energy study Phasing out of bisphenol-A in baby bottles Organic food made eligible for WIC coupons Urban farming added to definition of "green jobs" Health risk assessment standards for residential arsenic Bonding for hyberbaric chamber at Hennepin County Hospital Licensing assistance for internationally-trained health care workers Medical Assistance coverage for childhood asthma interventions Statewide funding for foodshelves Funding for Permanent Supportive Housing Enforcement of minority contracting and hiring provisions Job training incentives Contaminated soil clean-up at East Phillips Community Cultural Center MN Worker's Right-to-Know and Community Right-to-Know Exposure to Toxic Substances Cancer and Birth Defects Registry Patients' and Residents’ Bill of Rights American Indian Family Preservation Act MN Emergency Employment Development Act (MEED) AIDS funding for Communities of Color Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Urban Revitalization Action Program Inhalant Abuse and Prevention Act Crack House Initiatives Mn Dislocated Worker's State Fund Community Initiatives for Children Culturally Based Chemical Dependency Services Telecommunications Assistance for Communications Impaired Program Economic Conversion Planning Hate Crimes Enforcement Unemployment Compensation for Sexual Harassment Native American Battered Women’s Shelter/ Asian Women’s Shelter MN YouthBuild "Full-Cycle" Home-ownership Opportunities Tenants Rights and Responsibilities Legislation "Sexual Orientation" added to MN Human Rights Act Childcare Apprenticeship Pilot Program Alcohol Detoxification Reform "Crime Prevention Bonding" for Battered Women, Crime Victims, HeadStart, Crisis Nurseries, and Child Visitation Centers Corporate Job-Creation Accountability ("Corporate Welfare")/ Living Wage MN Family Homeless Prevention Act MN Childhood Lead Poisoning Act Emergency Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program Environmental Justice Study Public Health Approach to Crack-Cocaine Addiction Minority Scholarships for Nurses Culturally Specific Childcare Affordable Rental Investment Fund Community Rehabilitation Housing Fund Prostitution Prevention and Tougher Penalties for Pimps Spoken Language Interpreter Study Restorative Justice Funding Bonding for Green Institute Eco Center CLEAR-Corp Funding for Lead Cleanup Renter’s “Second Chance” Bonding and Certification Funding Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OICs) Job Training Funding Deaf and Hard of Hearing Jobs Program Funding Equal Pay Study AIDS in the Workplace Employer Training World Trade Agreements Disclosures Veterans’ Exposure to Toxins and Radiation Health Care Outreach Women's Economic Development Community Organization Funding Minority Economic Development Association Funding Youth Intervention Project Funding American Indian Pharmacy Project Funding Self-Defense Education added to School Anti-Bullying Bill Tougher Enforcement of Migrant Farm Workers' Labor Rights Homeless Youth Services Funding Bridges Transitional Housing for Mentally Ill Funding

Personal Interests Hiking, bicycling, and organic apple orchardist

Of Note Elected in 1980.Karen represents an inner city district in South Minneapolis, the lowest income Legislative District in Minnesota, and consistently receives 75-85% of the vote from her constituents. In 2008 she received 89%, the highest vote margin in the state. Karen is a frequent speaker on her innovative and "cutting edge" legislation to local, national, and international audiences. She is known among her colleagues for her coalition-building skills and her persistent community-based advocacy on behalf of her inner-city constituents and of low-income and minority-status Minnesotans throughout the state. As chair of the House's Public Health Finance and Housing Policy and Finance Committee, Rep. Clark has championed environmental health and affordable housing legislation that challenges the status quo and promotes economic and social justice options. Rep. Clark is the longest-serving openly Lesbian State Legislator in the U.S.

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