Karen Clark
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Karen Clark

Democrat

American politician

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Karen Clark

American politician
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Experience
76
Years of Age
39
Years of Experience
MNResidence (state)

Karen J. Clark (born July 23, 1945) is an American politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represented District 62A, which included portions of the city of Minneapolis in the Twin Cities metropolitan area including portions of the Whittier, Phillips, Ventura Village, Seward, and Lyn-Lake neighborhoods. She was the longest serving openly lesbian member to serve in a state legislature in the United States. On December 8, 2017, Clark announced in a press release that she would not be running for reelection.

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Experience

Education

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Harvard University
MPA
1996
College of Saint Teresa, Winona
BSN
1967

Past Positions

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Representative
Minnesota State House of Representatives
1980 - 2019
Instructor in Graduate School of Holistic Health
Saint Catherine's University
2007 - Current
Adjunct Faculty
State University
1988 - 1993
Instructor
University of Minnesota
1985 - Current
Nurse Practitioner
Gynecology
1971 - 1980
Public Health Nurse
Family Nursing Services
1968 - 1971
Public Health Nurse
Minnesota Migrant Health Project
1967 - 1969
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Human Relations of Saint Cloud State University
Adjunct Faculty
Macalester College's Women's Studies Department
Adjunct Faculty
University of Minnesota's Women's Studies Department
Nurse Organizer
VISTA

Other Experience

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Advisory Board Member
Bolder Options-Youth Mentorship
2002
Director
Backyard Apple Orchard Project
2000 - 2002
Member
Minneapolis American Indian Center
2002
Member
Southside Services for Mentally Retarded
1990 - 2002
Board Member
Jobs with Peace
1988 - 1996
Member
Minneapolis American Indian Center Board
1989 - 1996
Member
Council on Asian and Pacific Minnesotans
1990 - 1994
Board Member
Neighborhood Revitalization Policy
1990 - Current
Board Member
Southside Services For Mentally Retarded
1982 - Current
Member
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
1972 - 1980
Member
National Conference of State Legislatures
Member
Advisory Board, Phillips Community Energy Cooperative
Board Member
Crearte
Member
International Association of Gay and Lesbian Elected and Appointed Officials
Member
Minneapolis Lead Advisory Network
Member
Governor’s Workforce Development Council
Member
Community Advisory Council, Activity Center, Park House Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Day
Member
Asian Pacific Affairs Council
Member
American Indian Business Development Corporation
Member
Affordable Housing Coalition
Member
Advisory Board, SouthSide Services for the Mentally Retarded
Member
Women's Resource Center
Co-Chair
Corporate Accountability Committee
1998 - 2002
Member
Commission on Economic Status of Women
1980 - 2002
Member
Lead Poisoning Warning Group, Minnesota Poison Control System
2001 - 2002
Co-Chair
Corporate Subsidy Reform Commission
2000
Member
Forum on State and Tribal Toxics, United States Environmental Protection Agency
1983 - 1999
Member
Economic Conversion Task Force
1985 - 1988
Former Member
Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee, Minnesota State House of Representatives
Former Member
Agriculture Finance Committee, Minnesota State House of Representatives
Former Ranking Minority Member
Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee, Minnesota State House of Representatives
Member
Jobs Political Caucus
Member
Steering Committee, 50/30 Homeownership Project, Urban Coalition
Member
Child Care Task Force
Member
Advisory Committee, Women’s Human Rights Program, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights