Sen. Kari Dziedzic was born and raised in Northeast Minneapolis. Kari attended Edison High School and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a mechanical engineering degree. She represents Senate District 60, which includes Cedar Riverside, Seward, and Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Kari was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2012 in a Special Election. She was reelected in November 2012 and 2016. Before joining the Minnesota Senate she worked at Hennepin County, in the private sector, and as an aide for US Senator Paul Wellstone.
At the Senate, Kari is the ranking member of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance committee. She also serves the Tax Committee and the Judiciary Committee. She has focused her time working on consumer protection, environment, data privacy, housing, and tax issues.