Senator Karla Bigham

Senator Karla Bigham represents District 54 in the southeast Twin Cities metro, including parts of Dakota and Washington counties. A lifelong resident of Washington County, Karla has served as Washington County commissioner, state representative, and Cottage Grove city council member.

During her tenure in the House, Bigham was Vice Chair of the Public Safety and Civil Justice Committee, and served on the Public Safety Finance, State Government Finance, and Veteran Affairs Committees. As a Cottage Grove council member, she led the effort to secure funding and establish partnerships for the police department’s K9 Unit. Prior to serving on the city council, Karla chaired the Cottage Grove Public Safety, Health, and Welfare Commission.

Senator Bigham earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s degree as a paralegal, with minors in sociology and political science from Winona State University. Senator Bigham is a graduate from Park High School and lives in Cottage Grove with her husband, John.