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also known as Marie Tingelstad

politician , member of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Kathy Tingelstad, American state legislator. Named to Volunteer of Year, Resolve Twin Cities, 1988, Women Business Advisor of Year, Small Business Administration, 1996, Women in Communications, 1997; recipient Harrison Salisbury award, Minnesota Daily Alumni Association. Volunteer Lutheran Church; Member of Resolve Twin Cities Inc. (board chairman), Women Communications (president 1994-1995).


Tingelstad, Kathy was born on March 21, 1958 in St. Paul. Daughter of Kenneth J. and Lela C. Whitmer Reylek.


University of Minnesota.


Prior to the 2002 legislative redistricting, the area was known as District 50B. A Republican, she is also a business consultant. Tingelstad was first elected in 1996, succeeding four-term Rep. Teresa Lynch, who did not seek re-election.

She was re-elected every two years until 2006, and did not run in 2008. Tingelstad graduated from South Saint Paul High School in South Saint Paul, then went on to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, earning her B.A. in Communications. She later earned a M.B.A. certificate in Organization Management from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul.

She was an intern in Minnesota Congressman Al Quie's office in the 1970s. She was appointed to the position in January 2009, filling the seat vacated by her successor in the legislature, Rep. Jerry Newton. She was elected to a full term on the board in the November 2009 general election.

She resigned from the board in March 2012 after casting the only vote against a settlement with the US Justice Department over the district's handling of issues involving bullying and sexual orientation. Students had said the district did not adequately respond to their complaints of persistent physical and verbal harassment based on real or perceived sexual orientation. Tingelstad currently is employed by Anoka County as the Chief Lobbyist.


Republican Party of Minnesota, Republican Party.


While in the House, she served as chair of the Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Committee during the 2005–2006 biennium, and was a member of the Capital Investment, Environment and Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, Redistricting, and Rules and Legislative Administration committees, and of various committee incorporations and subcommittees relevant to each. Tingelstad served as a member of the board of the Anoka-Hennepin School District.


Married Merle C. Tingelstad. Children: Karl J., Erik N.

Kenneth J.

Lela C. Whitmer Reylek

Merle C. Tingelstad

Karl J. Tingelstad

Erik N. Tingelstad