|Preceded by Stacey Dahl|
Profession Law student
|Website Official Website|
Name Kylie Oversen
|Alma mater University of North Dakota (B.S.)|
Education University of North Dakota
Residence Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Political party North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party
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Kylie Oversen (born c. 1988–1989) is the Chair of the Democratic-NPL. She served as a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 42nd district from January 2013 to December 2016. The 42nd district is located in the northern portion of Grand Forks and includes the University of North Dakota.
- Kylie oversen interview
- Early life and education
- North Dakota House of Representatives
- North Dakota Democratic NPL Party
- Other work
- Cost of higher education
- Same sex marriage
- Personal life
In March 2015, she was elected the Chair of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL at age 26, making her the youngest state party chair in the United States.
Early life and education
Oversen was born and raised in Killdeer, North Dakota, a city of less than 1,000. Her paternal grandfather, Don Oversen, was a World War II veteran who died in April 2014.
She attended the University of North Dakota, where she was elected Student Body President, where she was noted for her extensive work improving the university's student fee allocation process. She was also active in the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry, calling it her "second home and family." In 2012, she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Social Science.
Following graduation, she began working with the University of North Dakota Alumni Association as a special projects coordinator for the Gorecki Alumni Center. She also interned with PLUS Program, serving families in Grand Forks County. She continued her work at the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry at UND, and was also a counselor at the American Legion Auxiliary Girls' State Program.
North Dakota House of Representatives
Oversen was not considering a career in politics until her senator sent her a Facebook message asking her to run for state representative. She told a magazine, "I had to read it several times." In 2012, she ran in her home 42nd district, and raised $7,275 for her campaign.
In 2012, with 28.7% of the vote, Oversen was elected Democratic-NPL member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 42nd district since January 2013. The 42nd district is located in the northern portion of Grand Forks and includes the University of North Dakota.
During the 2013 session, Oversen served on the Human Services and Transportation committees. She currently serves of the Human Services and Political Subdivisions committees.
North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party
In March 2015, she was elected the Chair of the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party, the state's branch of the national Democratic Party, at age 26, making her the youngest state party chair in the United States.
Oversen is a member of Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals and serves on the Board of Directors for the Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity as well as for the Area Health Education Centers, which are affiliated with the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health.
Cost of higher education
Oversen has been a public advocate for lowering college and university tuition and fees at public institutions. She introduced a bill in the ND House of Representatives to freeze tuition at all of North Dakota's public institutions of higher education, but it was defeated in February 2015.
Oversen strongly supports same-sex marriage.
Oversen is unmarried and resides in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Oversen is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. When asked by The Lutheran, a monthly magazine and primary publication of the ELCA, "What's your calling?" she replied:
"Broadly, public service. Once I got into the legislature, I found new ways I was able to express my faith in the area of social justice. I was proud to be an ELCA Lutheran in a discussion about discrimination based on sexual orientation … to say 'some of us are called to social justice and equality as part of our faith, not against our faith.'"