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Member of the Iowa House of Representatives

Kraig Paulsen, American state legislator. Decorated Meritorious Service medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation medal, Air Force Achievement medal, Combat Readiness medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; named Air Force Space Command Maintenance Officer Manager of Year, Minot Air Force Base Junior Officer of Quarter, Missile Wing Instructor/Evaluator of Year.


Paulsen, Kraig was born on September 9, 1964 in Monticello, Iowa, United States. Son of Kenneth Paulsen and Marilyn Felker.


Bachelor, Iowa State University, Ames, 1987. Master of Business Administration, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1994. Juris Doctor, University Iowa, 2003.


He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2002, and as Speaker since 2011. As of January 2013, Paulsen is the Vice Chairman of the Legislative Council and also serves on the Administration and Rules committee. Speaker Kraig Paulsen was first elected to the Iowa House in 2002 and serves House District 67, which includes: Hiawatha, Robins and portions of both Marion and Cedar Rapids.

Kraig was born on September 9, 1964 in Monticello, Iowa. His father, Dr. Kenneth Paulsen, is a veterinarian. His mother, Marilyn Felker, is a retired hospital transcription manager.

Paulsen attended school in the Cedar Rapids School District where he graduated in 1983 from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School. He went on to attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he graduated in 1987. Kraig received his MBA in 1994 from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Minot, North Dakota.

He also received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 2003. Kraig married his high school sweetheart, Cathy, in 1985 in Cedar Rapids. Paulsen served his country in the United States Air Force where he served as an Operations Group Senior Weapons Instructor, Maintenance Flight Commander and Squadron Director of Operations.

Kraig is currently an attorney for CRST International, Inc. in Cedar Rapids. Paulsen has also previously served as the House Judiciary Chair, the House Minority Whip, and the House Republican Leader. Paulsen took a $135,000 / year unadvertised position with Iowa State University in January 2016.

"leading" a new “supply chain initiative” aimed at improving corporate engagement in research, experiential learning for students, and educational outreach for faculty and staff. The job Paulsen accepted was not advertised, as is required in most cases. *incumbent.


  • Kraig was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the USAF Commendation Medal, and the USAF Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was twice recognized as the Best Operations Crew in the USAF in his assigned weapon system, USAF Space Command Maintenance Junior Officer Manager of the Year, and the Missile Wing Instructor of the Year.


Republican Party of Iowa, Republican Party.


The Paulsen family is members of the New Covenant Bible Church in Cedar Rapids.


Married Cathy Paulsen. Children: Kassandra, Kylere, Kale, Keith.

Kenneth Paulsen

Marilyn Felker

Cathy Paulsen

Kassandra Paulsen

Kylere Paulsen

Kale Paulsen

Keith Paulsen