Carolyn Laine is currently the State Senator for District 41 which includes Columbia
Heights. She served ten years in the Minnesota House of Representatives before being
elected in 2016 to the Senate. She has five children, all raised in Columbia Heights, and six
grandchildren. Carolyn’s education includes a BA in education, an MA in psychology, and
3 years into a PhD in health psychology. She spent ten years serving on the Columbia
Heights School Board, has taught in Minneapolis, and is the financial director of a small
adult education nonprofit. Working for her community’s well-being is a passion, and she
is excited about the mission of HeightsNEXT and the fantastic group of people that are
committed to its success and our community.