Mary Olson

Mary Olson

Mary A. Olson (born May 23, 1958) is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 4, which includes portions of Beltrami, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard and Itasca counties in the northern part of the state. A Democrat, she was first elected in 2006. On November 2, 2010, she lost her re-election bid to Republican John Carlson.

Olson was a member of the Senate's Commerce & Consumer Protection Committee and Judiciary Committee. She also served on the Finance subcommittees for the Economic Development and Housing Budget Division and the Health and Human Services Budget Division, and on the Judiciary Judiciary Subcommittee for Data Practices, which she chaired.

Olson received a B.A. from the University of North Dakota and earned a J.D. from their law school. Prior to her election to the Senate, she served as the Assistant County Attorney for Crow Wing County, and also as an attorney for the United States Air Force at March Air Force Base. Her great-great-grandfather, Peter A. Gandrud, also served in the Minnesota Legislature. She and her husband, John, have four children.

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... Minnesota Senate Election District 4, 2010 Party Candidate Votes % ±% Democratic Mary A ... Olson 15,752 45.31 Republican John Carlson 18,956 54.53 Minnesota Senate Election District 4, 2006 Party Candidate Votes % ±% Democratic Mary A ... Olson 18,119 52.1% Republican Carrie Ruud 16,635 47.8% ...

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